“Set Pieces: Cultural Appropriation and the Search for Contemporary Identities in Shōnen Manga”

multiculturalism-comics800I have been working on eclecticism in Manga before, but it took one conference and a publication more to somehow get to the point. In my paper in this book edited by Carolene Ayaka and Ian Hague, I’m discussing how specific eclectic imagery in Manga converges with highly fictionalized narratives of youthful identity crisis. What I try to work out is how – on a visual level – this twofold ‘identity crisis’ is related to an overall epistemological crisis within our contemporary society. To be continued!