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Holmberg, Ryan. "Hear no, speak no: Sasaki maki manga and nansensu, circa 1970." Japan Forum 21. (2009): 115–41. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/09555800902857138
BibTeX citation key: Holmberg2009
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Categories: General
Keywords: Counter culture, Japan, Language, Manga, Politics, Sasaki. Maki
Creators: Holmberg
Collection: Japan Forum
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The 1960s dawned in Japan with a crisis in liberal political ideals concerning the spoken word. The events of Anpo 60 had shown that force and private interest, rather than open and rational debate, governed postwar parliamentary democracy. Disillusionment with the expressive, communicative and political capacities of speech became a centerpiece of the Japanese counterculture through the 1960s and into the early 1970s. At its most cynical and anti-political, this disenchantment went under the name nansensu (nonsense), a term popular within the Japanese student movement circa 1970. Manga, as a medium in which the representation of speaking activity is central, could not but be affected by the contemporary crisis of the spoken word. This essay considers how the manga of Sasaki Maki (b. 1946) from this period both thematized this crisis and was beset by the problems embodied in the term nansensu.
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