Open to the Public

A lecture by Sharalyn Orbaugh, professor of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia.

Japanese manga of all genres includes gender-queer, sex-queer, sexuality-queer, and ontologically queer characters. While the plasticity of normative social boundaries seems to enhance manga‚Äôs popularity, an aspect of queer manga rarely discussed is coercion or compulsion as a frequent narrative device. We will explore these questions: What is the effect of coercion as a primary tool for exploring diversity? How does this contrast with political discourses of voluntary experimentation or intrinsic identities? How do stories of coercion contribute to the global media image of Japanese popular culture as perverse?

Sponsored by:
History of Arts and Architecture; Japanese

Contact Organizer

Olinick, Judy
olinick@middlebury.edu
(802) 443 - 5532