Comic Books for Big Girls: Uchida Shungiku and the Realm of the Dollhouse
Eve Zimmerman, Associate Professor of Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Wellesley College
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm
Uchida Shungiku made her debut as a “manga” (comic book) artist in Japan in the early 1980s with work that addressed issues of gender and sexuality in modern Japan. This presentation examines “Minami’s Lover,” an early comic book, as a narrative of personal trauma, a critique of Japan’s patriarchal family system, and a call to return to pre-modern, non-Western notions of the body.