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Seminar: Sequencing and Contingent Individualism in the Graphic, Postcolonial Spaces of Satrapi's Persepolis and Okubo's Citizen 13660
 
 
Date: 14 September 2011 
 

School of Modern Languages and Cultures Seminar Series:
 
Sequencing and Contingent Individualism in the Graphic, Postcolonial Spaces of Satrapi's Persepolis and Okubo's Citizen 13660

Dr Monica Chiu, Visiting Fulbright Scholar (American Studies)

Date: Wednesday 14 September 2011
Time: 4.30 - 6.00pm
Venue: Room KK813 KK Leung Building
Language: English

Abstract: Graphic novels possess the ability to provide a snapshot of a single moment in a series of unfolding events at the same time that each image is also a free standing and aesthetic frame. Using this unique feature, I read narrative tensions in Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Mine Okubo's Citizen 13660 as the novels' ambivalence about the ability to emerge from national, religious, or military pressure as an individual subject. As the novels' graphics illustrate, nationality and subjectivity are contingent upon each other.

Dr Monica Chiu teaches American Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Most recently, she has edited Asian Americans in New England: Culture and Community, a collection that addresses the rich, cultural diversity of Asians in New England and thus alters the Pacific-centered paradigm of the field.

Poster: http://www.hku.hk/amstudy/news/images/20110914.pdf

Please contact Dr. Adely Lim (adelyn@hku.hk) or Ms Christy Ho (chhristy@hku.hk) should there be any questions.

 
 
     
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