Manga Anime Syllabus Quiery
Tue Dec 19 10:31:25 EST 2006
Please excuse the cross-posting with the Ponja-Genkon list.
Here at Umass, we already have the ubiquitous jpn pop-culture course,
so I have been called upon to expand on our offerings with an all
So I wonder if I could make use of your collective expertise to help
me in designing the course. If you already teach such a class and
wouldn't mind sharing a syllabus I would appreciate that. I am
always happy to reciprocate with a theater, philosophy/intellectual
history, etc syllabus of my own. Or send back what I have created
when I finish this by mid January.
I have tried to brainstorm my way through the sorts of issues that
might come up, and have made a list of stuff that I think that I
ought to (or potentially could) cover in a class like this, which I
am including here. I would be interested is any of you have other
ideas of things that are not on my radar. Also, I know it sounds
intellectually lazy for me not to do this myself, but if any of you
have a bibliography that is split up into topics that you wouldn't
mind sending along, I would appreciate that as well. Or if you know
specific articles that are on specific issues below, I would
appreciate the tips.
Avant-garde manga?associated with men(?)
Introspective/psychological manga?associated with women
(Anne Allison?pubic hair)
How to read a manga?frame location and moving from one frame to another
Techniques in general.
Putative skin and hair color
--in newspapers (Sazae-san, etc.)
Atomic Bombs and Earthquakes?cataclysms and holocausts.
Manga production (editors, business decisions?Kinsella)
Anime production (competition with Hollywood, issue of budgets and
Open-ended stories (comparison with soap operas and tv dramas)
production cycles: Manga to TV Anime/OVA to Movie Anime to Live
Action (Old Boy?)
Also Movie/TV/OVA to Manga (sometimes with different stories?Suicide
Circle manga as new version of original story.)
novelized versions of manga (are these for American audience or also
being produced in Japan for Japanese audience??)
--over-arching desires (trying to become like God and give life)
--nuclear holocaust or earthquake
--mixing humans and machines or battle between humans and machines.
Characters and characterization
--sloppy over-eating character
--high voiced squeaky character
--I am sure that there are a lot more that could come here....
International pop culture phenomenon?Blade Runner, etc.
Attempt to fit into tradition by comparison with kanji (perhaps look
at Eisenstein here), Hell screens, Ukiyoe, Edo gesaku fiction,
There are also two specific questions that I have. In both manga and
anime when characters are surprised, angry, or shocked the depiction
often shifts from a quasi-3-D more or less "realistic" representation
with shading and identifiable features into a 2-D depiction as they
"blow up." Then a couple of panels later, they revert to the
"normal" representation. Does anyone have a good name for this
phenomenon and has anyone addressed it or know where it began?
Also in manga, the author often takes a panel toward the end of each
series often called an o-make and addresses non-diagetic issues.
What's on her mind, how she comes up with her ideas, etc--a kind of
communication directly with her fans. Same questions: has anyone
addressed it or know where it began?
Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Massachusetts Amherst
But?, Japanese Theater, Intellectual History
717 Herter Hall
161 Presidents Drive
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9312
baird at asianlan.umass.edu
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