Lecture – “Japanese Disaster Narratives: Conservatism and Revisionism”

On Saturday 24 April 2021 I will be doing an online lecture for the Japan Society. The lecture will start at 11:00 BST/19:00 JST. The date and time have been chosen so that it will make it easier for those in Japan to access the lecture live.

I will be speaking on my research about Japanese disaster movies (see ‘Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?‘).

Japan has a long history of disaster movies. This lecture will explain some of the key similarities and differences between English-language (primarily Hollywood) disaster narratives and Japanese ones. It is based on an extensive study of disaster movies that includes defining both what a ‘disaster’ and ‘disaster narratives’ are. It then looks at the various conventions that appear to exist in disaster movies. The lecture then goes on to consider the degree to which Japanese disaster movies present both conservative and revisionist approaches. In terms of ‘conservatism’ the lecture will be concerned in particular in the portrayal of the protagonists, women, societal behaviour and the response of the government. In relation to ‘revisionism’, the lecture will look in particular at the way in which some of the narratives handle actual historical events.

For information about how to attend the lecture, please see the Japan Society page.

UPDATE: Further details about the webinar and a recording of it are available via the following post.

* Post images: based on post image for ‘Jishin Retto‘ (1980) and a clip from ‘252: Seizonsha Ari‘ (2008)

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