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"The Roots of Anime in Traditional Japanese Theater"
Monday, November 7, 2005 - 5:00pm

The Consulate-General of Japan and Portland State University's Center for Japanese Studies invite you to a Free LECTURE

"The Roots of Anime in Traditional Japanese Theater" 

Dr. Mae Smethurst, Professor of Classics at University of Pittsburgh

This talk will look at the traditional forms of Japanese theater - kabuki, bunraku, and noh - in order to show how these may have influenced animi and how these may help to explain the popularity of animi in Japan. The talk is not so much about animi as it is about how tradition informs it.

The high level of stylization, the slow pacing, the supernatural presence, the transformations of characters into animals and other beings, the overlapping of good and evil, the dubbing of voices, the spectacle, and so forth are all features of the traditional theatres, as they are of animi. Images of these traditional theaters will help the audience visualize some of these elements.

When: Friday, November 4th 2005, at 5pm

Where: Room 294 Smith Union

Free and Open to the public

For more information visit or call 503-725-8577

With the support of Azumano Travel and the Japan-America Society of Oregon