The Female Gaze in Anime and Manga

The female gaze can be used by writers and readers to look at narratives from a perspective that sees women as subjects instead of objects. In this talk, Dr. Kathryn Hemmann will discuss the graphic novels of a four-woman artistic collective called CLAMP and Sailor Moon animation to demonstrate how writers are capable of applying a female gaze to the themes of their work. She will argue that the male gaze should not be taken for granted in the study of popular culture, as an awareness of an active female gaze can change the ways in which we understand consumer-oriented narrative media and fannish transformative works in a global context. Dr. Hemmann is an Assistant Professor of Japanese in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she teaches classes on Japanese literature and popular culture. Her scholarship on comics and video games is widely published, and she runs a blog called Contemporary Japanese Literature (, which features reviews of fiction in translation and occasional essays on anime, manga, and video games.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Founders Green, Leake Hall
120 McMechen St

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Speaker/Lecture/Reading, Art@Lunch


Art History, Theory, and Criticism Department

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