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FYRS -- First Year Research Seminar (Winter 2023): Lin

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Scholarly Articles

Scholarly Article

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Quirk, Monice Alice. “Stepping into the Bathhouse: Physical Space and Shinto Revival in Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies, vol. 11, no. 1, Fall 2021, pp. 19–33.

Gatti, Tom. “Animating Principle.” New Statesman, vol. 143, no. 5209, May 2014, pp. 52–53.

JACKSON, PAUL. “Pigs Might Fly.” Screen Education, no. 74, Winter 2014, pp. 46–51

Alexandra Roedder. “The Localization of Kiki’s Delivery Service.Mechademia, vol. 9, 2014, pp. 254–67.

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Section Topic

Fantasy and Reality: The Worlds of Miyazaki Hayao. In this section of FYRS, we will take a journey through wondrous worlds created by the celebrated Japanese anime artist/director Miyazaki Hayao (in works such as My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Spirited Away (2001)). Through the study of his memorable female characters, unique narrative structures, and distinctive thematic and visual elements, we will examine the ways in which Miyazaki envisioned his fantasy worldscapes which, with the mixture of fantastic and realistic details, are both exotic and recognizable, ideal and real. We will also investigate the ways in which Miyazaki used fantasy to bridge past and present as well as to connect traditional and contemporary Japanese cultures. Special attention will be given to the relationships and differences between Miyazaki's anime and Western cartoons, particularly Disney films, as we explore the impact of Miyazaki's works on modern society and art world.