The world of Ito Junji: Social criticisms and the reflections of horror within Japanese society
*CONTENT WARNING* Depictions of death, gore, and suicide
This thesis explores the works of horror manga artist Ito Junji and analyzes the ways in which Ito criticizes certain institutions and individuals within Japanese society. His criticisms bring to light the fact that many social institutions that were meant to benefit individuals have changed in their function and instead work to harm those it was set up to help. It also delves into Ito’s portrayal of children in horror and how they are granted agency in a genre that often treats them as objects.
|Type of resource
|November 27, 2022
|November 28, 2022
|Degree granting institution
|Stanford University, Stanford Global Studies, Center for East Asian Studies
|Ito Junji; Japan; Horror; manga; social criticism; children; institutions; agency; East Asia
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