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Images of the Religious, Sacred, and Cursed in Japanese Horror Films: Lecture by UW-Milwaukee Professor Jason Jones

By: Hilary Snow

Time: 5:15pm - 6:15pm CDT April 2, 2014

Location: Niemann Media Theatre, Hedberg Library

The Japanese ghost has long possessed an image and narrative primed for popular consumption. Folkloric tales featuring Okiku, Oiwa, Kasane and others have set the pace for the ghastly narrative while the image has taken material form through woodblock prints. These, in turn, have served as the primary constituents of the modern Japanese ghost, represented by such names as Sadako (Ringu) and Kayako (Ju-on), both of whom have been deified within urban legends depicted across manga, television, and film in Japan and internationally. In this talk, we explore the development of the ghost narrative and image through tales, art, and popular culture and discuss the role of religion in both the creation of the ghost as well as its expulsion.

Jason Jones is an assistant professor of Japanese in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his PhD and MA from Osaka University, Japan. Prof. Jones is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, including the prestigious Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Fellowship. His research focuses on cross-media and cross-cultural adaptation in Japanese film.

This event is sponsored by the Asian Studies Program.

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Location: Niemann Media Theatre, Hedberg Library