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Noir is a special subgenre of crime fiction and a popular style of Japanese anime often paired with other genres such as sci-fi, horror or mystery. Digging through the underbelly of noir’s urban landscapes, this presentation by author and East Asian scholar Wendelin Gray will examine the Western historical origins of the noir genre in literature and film along with an exploration of noir themes in Japanese anime such as illicit medical experimentation and terrorism.
Wendelin Gray is a linguist, writer, dancer, a long-time volunteer with the Silk Screen Arts Organization, and a regular contributor to Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society events. Her novels include Kumori and the Lucky Cat, The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak, The Vulpecula Cycle, and The Weary City. She won the bronze for Young Adult Fiction E-Book at the 2016 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak, and in early 2017 she founded a new educational project on Korean Studies, the Enlightened Rabbit Scholastic Society (enlightenedrabbit.wordpress.com). She blogs about East Asian language and literature at icepinepalace.wordpress.com and sunrisesintheeast.wordpress.com.
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