The famous movie monster Godzilla is only one of many monstrous stars of Japan’s golden age of film. This presentation by author and East Asian scholar Wendelin Gray will serve as a primer for anyone interested in learning the basics about the Godzilla film franchise and related monster franchises. It will also include a profile of the series creators, some details on the history of Japanese and Korean cinema, and a brief survey of Toho Studio’s other film output.
Author 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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