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Monday, November 9

Subjects/Objects of Production, Consumption, and Desire: The Japanese Manga Comics Tales of Genji

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Lynn Miyake, Professor of Japanese at Pomona College


For more than a thousand years the eleventh century Tale of Genji has captured the imagination of writers and artists who re-conceived it as literary, musical, and painterly transpositions. In 1970 Genji appeared in one of its newest iterations—Japanese manga comics—today boasting more than thirty versions and visual styles. Lynn Miyake, Professor of Japanese at Pomona College, will discuss the range of manga interpretations, which speaks to this ancient tale’s interpretive richness. Visually, narratively, affectively, manga remediate male and female gazes, gently add humor, gender flip, queer, and simultaneously re-inscribe and challenge hetero-normative gender norms. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art; the Japanese Studies Department; the East Asian Studies Program; the Department of History of Art and Architecture; the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program; and the Christian A. Johnson Enrichment Fund.