Representations of women in Japanese literature and culture are the key to understand the gender in Japanese society. By examining the characteristics of the heroines in Japanese literature and film (e.g. Shinju-ten no Amijima by Shinoda Masahiro) with its literary background of Chikamatsu Monzaemon, I would like to talk about how female gender in Japanese society is represented in literary and audio-visual expressions. I also would like to compare Japanese examples with the heroines of Western representations (e. g. Metropolis by Fritz Lang), which have some features in common.
Junko Saeki is professor of media studies at the Department of Media, Journalism and Communications at Doshisha University in Kyoto. Her research areas include media and gender studies and women's history of modern Japanese society. From April 2010 to March 2011 she is guest professor at the Institute of East Asian Studies at Freie Universität Berlin.