Planet Cosplay (Book)

Costume Play, Identity and Global Fandom

Planet Cosplay is authored by widely published scholars in this field, examining the central aspects of cosplay ranging from sources and sites to performance and play, from sex and gender to production and consumption. 


This book examines cosplay from a set of groundbreaking disciplinary approaches, highlighting the latest and emerging discourses around this popular cultural practice. Planet Cosplay is authored by widely published scholars in this field, examining the central aspects of cosplay ranging from sources and sites to performance and play, from sex and gender to production and consumption. Topics discussed include the rise of cosplay as a cultural phenomenon and its role in personal, cultural and global identities. Planet Cosplay provides a unique, multifaceted examination of the practice from theoretical bases including popular cultural studies, performance studies, gender studies and transmedia studies. As the title suggests, the book’s purview is global, encompassing some of the main centres of cosplay throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and Australasia. Each of the chapters offers not only a set of entry points into its subject matter, but also a narrative of the development of cosplay and scholarly approaches to it.

Dr Paul Mountfort is Chair of the AUT Centre for Creative Writing where he has had a supervision role in over 40 postgraduate supervision projects. He is a founding member and Vice-President of PopCAANZ (Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand) and sits on the editorial boards of The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture (UK: Intellect) and IOFOR Journal of Asian Studies. His research interests include oracle-texts in popular culture, transmedia storytelling, street photography and cosplay.

Dr Anne Peirson-Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, City University of Hong Kong. She teaches and researches fashion studies, fashion culture and communication, popular culture, advertising and branding and is currently researching the subject of Cosplay and youth fashion style in South East Asia with the aid of a Hong Kong Government funded research grant.

Dr Adam Geczy is an artist and writer who is Senior Lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, a Faculty of the University of Sydney. With twenty years of artistic practice, his video installations and performance-based works have been exhibited throughout Australasia, Asia and Europe to considerable critical acclaim.



Part 1: Critical Practice

Chapter 1: Cosplay as Citation

Chapter 2: Cosphotography and Fan Capital

Chapter 3: Cosplay at Armageddon

Part II: Ethnographies

Chapter 4: Cos/play

Chapter 5: Cosplay Sites

Chapter 6: Cos/creation

Part III: Provocations

Chapter 7: Proto-Cosplay

Chapter 8: Cosgender/Cosqueer

Chapter 9: Cosporn

Conclusion: Cosplay Futures


'While the academic study of cosplay has blossomed in the last decade, this book is the first scholarly monograph on the subject. [...] Planet Cosplay: Costume Play, Identity and Global Fandom is an excellent monograph. Its use of several different approaches to understand cosplay makes it a fine resource for the study of this intriguing practice.'

Arienne McCracken, Fashion, Style and Popular Culture

'An effective primer for anyone looking to better understand the topic. [...] Where the book is particularly effective is in providing broader histories and working definitions for an under-researched area. While many accounts of cosplay begin with Takahashi’s 1983 article, the first part of Planet Cosplay charts how costuming as characters from popular culture dates back over a hundred years. [...] This rounded approach enables the authors to position this under-analysed fan practice as an important site of cultural exchange, fluid identity and communal participation. Collectively, these perspectives make a persuasive argument that cosplay is worthy of sustained scholarly interest and that Planet Cosplay should provide a useful entry point for those hoping to take up that research.'

Liam Burke, Journal of European Popular Culture
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