Denison Professor to Discuss Japanese Depictions of Space
Posted: November 7, 2006
Denison Assistant Professor of Modern Languages Michael Tangeman will give a lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 8) at the Denison Museum on "Being in Japan: In Place, Out of Space." The lecture is free and open to the public.
Tangeman, a 1991 graduate of Denison, earned his master of arts and doctorate at Ohio State University. He joined the Denison faculty in 2001. His lecture will consider depictions of broad categories of space (rural, urban, and suburban) in Japan as represented in literature, film and art and attempt to find a place for Japan's suburbia between the highly iconographic urban and rural. Among the questions he will pose are: "What was Tokyo like before it was Tokyo?"; "How does Miyazaki Hayao's Totoro relate to Japan's Shinto tradition?"; and "What do the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have to do with Japanese pop art?"
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