- Posted by Johanna on January 29, 2008 at 8:20 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
The subject of manga in the classroom doesn’t come up, and I was kind of surprised that a web search of the phrase didn’t yield many results. There are lots of sites that include Japanese comics on their lists of recommendations for younger readers, but there isn’t a whole lot that specifically addresses the category as a teaching tool.
This doesn’t really surprise me, for two reasons:
- Using translated works in an American classroom can be tricky if you want to teach based primarily or strongly on the text (as often happens, with comics used for reading in English-related classes).
- The much-discussed cultural differences mean that manga can have a number of minefields related to sexual imagery (or less often, scatological humor) that teachers may not want to go near.