Manga Studies-HT22 - Planeringar

Course introduction


Manga, i.e. Japan-based comics, have been attracting critical attention with respect to cultural policy and identity politics, character business, media convergence and the like, but the texts themselves, their media specificity and discursive positioning often go unnoticed. Leaning on comics studies as informed by semiotics, narratology and media aesthetics, and introducing Japanese criticism, this course approaches manga as serialized graphic narratives. It pursues what it means to read manga not only in relation to historical period, publication mode, gendered genre and actual location, but also material support, stylistic conventions, representational meaning and non-representational usages in order to equip the student with basic tools for argumentation in regard to the often contested aesthetic and cultural potential of Japanese comics.

Learning outcomes
Students are expected to be able to:
(a) read individual manga texts analytically from at least two different socio-cultural perspectives
(b) assess manga with regard to media specificity
(c) exert acquired knowledge of Japanese and non-Japanese manga discourse to build intercultural bridges
(d) conciliate intracultural (for example, Swedish) insider and outsider perspectives onto manga culture.
EXAMINED on the basis of a written home exam by the end of the course, access period: 25/11–02/12 [see TimeEdit].

Lesson plan