Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Humanitarian Monster: Mizuki Shigeru and Manga as Cultural Redemption
by Takegami, Mano, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 77; 10829947
Abstract (Summary)

Shigeru Mizuki (1922-2015) is one of the most sophisticated and accomplished of modern manga artists. His work synthesizes ancient and modern Japanese visual artistic methods with contemporary tropes from Western graphic art to tell profound and complex stories that reflect major themes of war and the supernatural world. This thesis argues that Mizuki’s work should be reevaluated as a valuable contribution to modern art based on the following three qualities: technical mastery and innovation in visual art; socio-political and philosophical depth of content; and his impact on other contemporary Japanese artists. Such study is significant because of the popularity of manga and other graphic art in shaping both popular culture and the view of art adopted by younger generations. Thus, studying Mizuki has implications for our understanding of art and its intersection with popular culture, and raises questions regarding whether popular media like manga should be considered seriously by art historians.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brown, Kendall
Commitee: Reese, Rick, Takeuchi, Michiko
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Art, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian History, Art history, History
Keywords: Folklore, Manga, Monster, Shigeru, Mizuki, Supernatural spirits, Yōkai
Publication Number: 10829947
ISBN: 978-0-438-32856-3
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