Susan Napier's Colloquium

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 11:00am

Susan Napier
German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature, Tufts University, and Visiting Professor of Animation Studies with Penn Cinema Studies (Spring 10)

Sea Changes: Miyazaki, "Ponyo" and the Poetics of Aging

This lecture discusses Ponyo on the Cliff, the latest film by the renowned Japanese animator, Hayao Miyazaki. Ponyo has been hailed by critics both in Japan and in the West as a sumptuous work of art and a paean to innocence and magic, but the film also contains dark and troubling themes suggesting a more complex subtext. I intend to situate the film in regards to some of the primary themes  in Miyazaki's overall oeuvre, such as his insistent concerns with apocalypse, salvation, and redemption, and also to look at it as an example of what I term "the poetics of aging", a time of life when artists can be liberated from previous constraints to explore and deepen specific preoccupations on a more fundamental level.

Cinema Studies Program
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