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Lecturing on manga at New York University! 
26th-Mar-2008 02:20 pm
Rose
Prof. Bai invited me to come talk about manga to her East Asian Media undergraduate class (in the Media, Culture, and Communication department at NYU Steinhardt) this past Monday. I haven't run an undergraduate class since 2002 when I was the Writing Across Cultures mentor, so it's been awhile, and I worry that I came across as a little bit frazzled. It was also quite challenging to prepare anything in advance since I didn't know what the students' level of prior knowledge was, and I didn't want to do anything pathetically basic. Not to mention that I was lecturing in the very same classroom where I myself attend a graduate level class this semester! (The irony.)

In any case, I ended up preparing a perhaps too high-level discussion about the shounen ai, BL, lolicon, and moé genres--and making a larger point about how genres are not stable textual categories and that changes in the production and/or reception context can cause genre boundaries to shift. That ate up about 30 minutes or so; the rest of the time, I fielded questions from students and Prof. Bai in long-winded, rambling fashion--everything from why manga characters look "Western," to Japanese perceptions of homosexuality, to the structure of both the professional and amateur manga industries--until the good professor cut me off. Alas, I don't think it was my finest hour, but at least I managed to come across as sufficiently "expert" to justify my presence there. Is my future on the manga-lecturing circuit suddenly looking brighter? Ha, ha. Doubtful.

Hey, if anyone in the class stumbles upon this blog entry, leave a comment and tell me what you thought! (Be as brutal as you want. Trust me...I can take it.)
Comments 
26th-Mar-2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
You did it and you didn't run out of things to say AND people asked questions, that's about as good as a teacher can expect.

*words from a rather ill English/History teacher for middle school boys*
26th-Mar-2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Hey you did it...

-and your name isn't Jason Thompson. *v-sign*
26th-Mar-2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
I HAVE done con panels and discussions (all by my lonesome too) before, you know. :P

What's up with all these Jason digs lately, anyway?
26th-Mar-2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
It's an inside joke we have...catch my private diary. ^_-
26th-Mar-2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
I mailed you instead, so you didn't have to go digging...it boils down to piranha-like linkblogging that tends to occur in and around journals or people that just happen to be 'trendy' ATM. Sometimes, the journal-keepers are not amused...and that leads to private snarking that spills over into public journals--like this one. XD
26th-Mar-2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Well, you don't have to worry...no one is going to linkblog this entry! Even if I tempt fate like I'm doing now!
26th-Mar-2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
I would consider it a good sign if she had to cut off discussion because you’re running out of time! Bad would have been if you did your talk and then asked for questions, and you just got silence and blank stares ^^
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