Japanese Disaster Narratives: Conservatism and Revisionism - with Christopher Hood
Saturday 24 April 2021
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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.
* Images: Film 'Jishin Retto' (1980) - left / Film '252: Seizonsha Ari' (2008) - right
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