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Lecture: 'GERMANGA!'

Event Details

April 19, 2017
7:30 pm-8:30 pm

Thatcher Hall
300 Thatcher Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9359
United States
42° 23' 31.8912" N, 72° 31' 24.4308" W
Free admission
Konstanze Schiller
Japanese manga has been popular in Germany for a long time. Nakazawa Keiji’s Barefoot Gen: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima, for example, was translated in 1989. By 2007, 70 percent of all comics sold in Germany were manga. The most striking element of the German manga boom, however, is not the wealth of manga translated into German, but the German manga, or Germanga, produced by young artists, many of them women, in the German language.
Elizabeth (Biz) Nijdam, a PhD candidate in the department of Germanic languages and literatures at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, focuses on German comics after 1989, tracing East German artistic traditions into the post-unification comics of PGH Glühende Zukunft-members Anke Feuchtenberger and Henning Wagenbreth. She has also worked extensively on using comics in the classroom.
Sponsored by the programs in German and Scandinavian Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures.