The Dynamics of a Duo: Perceptions and Reflections of Gender, Nationality, and Identity in Yamamura Misa

February 23, 2018 - 12:00pm

Join us on February 23, 2018 at 12:00 noon for the first EALL colloquium of the new year presented by MA in East Asian Studies candidate, Ali Richardson.

Writing through the 1980s and into the 90s, Japanese detective author Yamamura Misa's Katherine series uses mystery and romance to explore the changing dialogue surrounding individual identity within Japan during an era of increasing globalization and cultural influence.  By examining how characters relate to and manipulate assumptions about one another (and thus manipulate those of the reader), I discuss how Yamamura's depictions of an American girl in Japan encourage readers to justify and perhaps modify their own perceptions of gender and nationality on both sides of the Pacific.

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Location and Address

4130 WWPH