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New Meetup: Manga for Girls: Girls’ Culture, Girls’ Sexuality, and shojo manga

From: Jerome
Sent on: Monday, October 26, 2009 12:04 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Greater Raleigh Japanese Language and Culture Meetup Group!

What: Manga for Girls: Girls? Culture, Girls? Sexuality, and shojo manga

When: October 29,[masked]:30 PM

UNC-Chapel Hill Global Education Center
301 Pittsboro Street Nelson Mandela Auditorium
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Lecture by Dr. Jennifer Prough, Valparaiso University
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
FedEx Global Education Center
301 Pittsboro Street (corner of Pittsboro Street and McCauley Street)
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Shōjo manga are comics for girls. In this talk, Dr. Prough will examine the construction of gender in mainstream shōjo manga. She will familiarize the audience with the scope and content of girls? manga in Japan, a category all but missing in our own comic book tradition. She will also analyze the relationship between shōjo manga and representations of girls? sexuality through a case study of the ways that the enjo kōsai (assisted dating) phenomenon and kogyaru fashion trends were reflected and refracted in the pages of shōjo manga in the late nineties. Thus, this talk will examine the relationship between shōjo manga and wider representations of girls? in contemporary Japan.

Dr. Jennifer Prough is Assistant Professor of Humanities and East Asian Studies, in Christ College (the Honors College) at Valparaiso University. She received her B.A from Valparaiso University in Psychology and East Asian Studies, a M.A. from the New School for Social Research in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory, and her Ph.D. from Duke University in Cultural Anthropology. Her dissertation research focused on the production of shōjo manga in contemporary Japan. Prough?s book on the same topic is forthcoming from University of Hawaii Press.

This talk is sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center. Please visit for more information.

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