Susan Napier Book Talk: What Miyazaki's World Taught Me

The story of filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s life and work, including his significant impact on Japan and the world.

A thirtieth-century toxic jungle, a bathhouse for tired gods, a red-haired fish girl, and a furry woodland spirit – what do these have in common?  They all spring from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki, one of the greatest living animators, known worldwide for films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and The Wind Rises.

Japanese Culture and animation scholar Susan Napier explores the life and arts of this extraordinary Japanese filmmaker to provide a definitive account of his oeuvre.  Napier insightfully illuminates the multiple themes crisscrossing his work, from empowered women to environmental nightmares to utopian dreams, creating an unforgettable portrait of a man whose art challenged Hollywood dominance and ushered in a new chapter of global popular culture.

Sponsored by: Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. Endowment, Radio-Television-Film Moody College of Communication, Center for East Asian Studies and Department of Asian Studies

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Harry Ransom Center (HRC), Prothro Theater
300 21ST ST W, Austin, Texas 78705

Event Type

Academics, Arts & Humanities, World & Culture


All Departments

Target Audience

Students, Faculty






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