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Friday, May 6, 2016

The Origins of Japanese Comics, 1905-28

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | May 6 | 3 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

Andrea Horbinski, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley Department of History

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities Asian Art and Visual Culture Working Group, Japan Studies Working Group

Between 1905 and 1928 manga emerged as a separate artistic medium in Japan in reaction to ponchie, a populist hybrid art form that flourished in the early and mid-Meiji period (1868 – 1912). The pioneers of manga, self-consciously elitist in the vein of Fukuzawa Yukichi’s (1835 – 1901) philosophy of “civilization and enlightenment” (bunmei kaika), wished to create a higher-class art form that...   More >