Introduction
in Globalgothic
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book shows that gothic has energetically participated in the cultural flows and deterritorialisations that characterise globalisation. It reviews the question of cultural exchanges with specific reference to virtual networks and online vampire communities. The book offers one of the earliest examples of globalgothic with an analysis of a global dance practice, 'Ankoku butoh'. This was first performed in Japan by Tatsumi Hijikata in 1959, on the eve of Japan's signing of the US-Japan Mutual Defense Treaty. It reflects upon Mataku as an active engagement between non-Western and Western cultural practices. The book considers the degree to which the vampire communities reveal cultural homogenisation and the imposition of Western forms and the degree to which there is hybridisation and a productive melange of cultures.

Editor: Glennis Byron

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