J-talks @ Sydney Uni | Heat Stroke: Moral Panic Over the Sun Tribe – Dr Mats Karlsson
The Department of Japanese Studies presents
J-talks @ Sydney Uni
Heat Stroke: Moral Panic Over the Sun Tribe
Dr Mats Karlsson
In the summer season of 1956, a series of film adaptations of novels by Ishihara Shintarō created controversy because of their depiction of a hedonistic and nihilistic lifestyle at luxurious beach resort settings outside Tokyo. To contain the risk of youths across Japan imitating the decadent behaviour of the affluent and leisured characters in the films, pressure to ban them mounted rapidly. But what was all the fuss about? This talk samples from and presents some of the highlights of the overheated debate which developed into the moral panic par excellence concerning youth behaviour in Japan.
About the speaker
Dr Mats Karlsson teaches and carries out research in modern Japanese fiction and comparative literature, as well as Japanese cinema. His other interests range over socio-cultural aspects of contemporary Japanese society.
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