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CJS Research Webinar: Manga and Handscrolls: Alleged Origins, Overlooked Correlations
Dr Jaqueline Berndt (Stockholm University)

SISJAC, 64 The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DH and online via zoom.

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About the Talk:
Introductions to Japanese art history today often include references to manga, with the notion of manga ranging from cartoonesque drawings and “funny animals” to extended graphic narratives that intertwine text and image. Manga researchers, however, have increasingly argued for understanding manga as a fundamentally modern form of visual storytelling; they privilege film rather than premodern painting, while attempts at correlating contemporary comics with medieval handscrolls (emaki) are, with good reason, suspected of formalism and service to nationalism. But recent postdigital conditions suggest new commonalities between historically different forms of narrating through sequences of still images. This talk revisits manga’s most widely claimed “progenitors” not only with regard to critical deconstruction but the actual materialities at hand, their embodied reading, and the related participatory culture.

Feb 16, 2023 01:00 PM in London

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