My name is Mia Lewis and I graduated from Columbia University Columbia College in May 2010. While there I majored in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a focus on Japanese literature. I am currently conducting research in Tokyo while pursing my MA/PhD at Stanford in Japanese literature. Since my early childhood I have had a love and passion for Japanese culture, language, literature, art, and comics.
This blog is a space for my musings, and not intended as formalized arguments. More than anything else, I hope to hear others’ thoughts and countermusings.
A bit of background on me:
While studying in Kyoto I had the opportunity to audit a course at Kyoto Seika University on the history of Showa comics, and was then able to complete an independent study under Seika University professor Yoshimura Kazuma and Boston University professor Sarah Frederick on use of script-based wordplay in manga over six different manga magazines, each aimed at a different target audience. My undergraduate thesis focused on the same techniques, looking specifically at how they are used in four of CLAMP’s works: XXXHOLiC, Tsubasa-RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE–, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Clover. A selection from my undergraduate thesis was selected for publication in the Spring 2010 issue of the Columbia East Asia Review, and can be found here.
Since entering into graduate school my research on manga has turned more towards gender and media studies, exploring the mechanisms via which manga as a medium creates meaning, and how such mechanisms vary depending on the target audience (i.e. shōnen, shōjo, seinen, etc.).