This lecture will examine contemporary anime in terms of the relations among subjectivity, technology, and the politics that inform and condition them. Focus will be placed on a radical doubt of the reality of the self and how anime deploys not only its technical capabilities, but its limitations in order to instantiate in the spectator, crises analogous to those dramatized in the fiction, and crises that such technical revolutions like cyberspace foment.
About the Speaker:
Earl Jackson, Jr., Associate Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz, is currently Professor at National Chiao Tung University, and Co-Director of the Trans-Asian Screen Cultures Institute. His publications include Strategies of Deviance, and numerous articles on Japanese and Korean cinema. He is currently finishing a book on anime. He has worked as screenwriter for the film Kyeong (Viewfinder) (Kim Jeong 2008), and played the villain in Barbie (Yi Sangwoo 2010).