Towards Scholarship on a Global Scale


Editor: Jaqueline Berndt

Publisher: International Manga Research Center (Kyoto, Japan)

ISBN: 978-4-905187-01-1

The essays in this volume are based on presentations at the International Manga Research Center’s First International Conference (Dec. 18-Dec. 20, 2009)


Berndt, Jaqueline, Introduction: Attempts at cross-cultural manga studies (pp. 5-16)

Part I: Examining Manga/Comics Studies

  • Groensteen, Thierry. Challenges to international comics studies in the context of globalization (pp. 19-30).
  • Morita, Naoko. Cultural recognition of comics and comics studies: Comments on Theirry Groensteen’s keynote lecture (pp. 31-39).
  • Natsume, Fusanosuke. Pictotext and panels: Commonalities and differences in manga, comics and BD (pp. 40-54).
  • Odagiri, Hiroshi. Manga truisms: On the insularity of Japanese manga discourse (pp. 55-67)
  • Suzuki, Shigeru. Manga/comics studies from the perspective of science fiction research: Genre, transmedia, and transnationalism (pp. 68-84).
  • Lefevre, Pascal. Researching comics on a global scale (pp. 85-95).

Part II: Authorships and Readerships in Manga/Comics

  • Saika, Tadahiro. How creators depict creating manga: Mangaka manga as authenticating discourse (pp. 99-109).
  • Noppe, Nele. Dojinshi research as a site of opportunity in manga studies (pp. 123-142).
  • Mizoguchi, Akiko. Theorizing comics/manga genre as a productive forum: Yaoi and beyond (pp. 143-168).
  • Ito, Kimio. When a “male” reads shojo manga (pp. 169-175).
  • Inomata, Noriko. BD in young girl-oriented magazines in France (pp. 176-188).

Part III: Manga/Comics as Media of Historical Memory

  • Lim, Cheng Tju. Lest we forget: The importance of history in Singapore and Malaysia comics studies (pp. 199-218).
  • Ribbens, Kees. War comics beyond the battlefield: Anne Frank’s international representation in sequential art (pp. 219-233).
  • Kawaguchi, Takayuki. Barefoot Gen and “A-bomb literature”: Re-collecting the nuclear experience (pp. 234-244).
  • Kajiya, Kenji. How emotions work: The politics of vision in Nakazawa Keiji’s Barefoot Gen (pp. 245-261).
  • Lamarre, Thomas. Manga bomb: Between the lines of Barefoot Gen (pp. 262-307).

Yoshimura, Kazuma. Afterword: Intentions and methods behind my proposal for Barefoot Gen remakes abroad (pp. 308-316).

Note: Two additional essays in this collection do not discuss manga/Japanese comics.

  • Becker, Thomas. Fieldwork in aesthetics: On comics’ social legitimacy (pp. 110-122).
  • Wong, Wendy Siuyi. Drawing the ideal modern woman: Ms. Lee Wai-Chun and her Ms. 13-dot (pp. 189-196).

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