ABE Casio Associate Professor
- Linguistics and Literature / Filmology and Cultural Studies of Representation
- Specialized Field
- Research in film and subculture, Japanese poetry studies
- Research Subject
- The body of the actor, narration and cinematographic technique in Japanese film. Structural analysis of manga, music (rock, J-pop), anime and photography. Studies in poetry centred on haiku and tanka. Creative writing. Media studies
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Penetrate structures specific to works
and affirm those structures with a feeling of awe.
It’s easy to discuss subcultures and arts, including movies, music and animated cartoons, on a “love it or hate it” basis, but it’s necessary to gain an in-depth understanding of these works when one intends to develop a criticism of them as works. Why did the author choose such a way of expression? It’s not until you can penetrate the physical structures specific to the work – lyrics and chords for music, and the layouts of frames for cartoons – that you find a pleasure akin to the ecstasy of having succeeded in truly objectifying the work.
Ironically enough, when we describe a voice, for instance, the question arises of how one can precisely describe that voice. The moment comes when words fall short. I believe that affirming works with a feeling of awe is conducive to enhancing the overall conditions of expressive culture in Japan.
- Professor Abe has produced commentaries on various subjects, ranging from movies, music, comic books and subcultures to comedy, a field beyond regular realms. He has also published a collection of his poetry.
- The Engine Eye blog of Casio Abe covers poems and book reviews, providing clues to Professor Abe’s worldview.
Felicity brought by things literary:
Poetic intuition helps to add originality to research.
Things literary, which are prone to be undervalued in a society that emphasizes practical learning, bring one a diversity of happy occasions, such as by contributing to smooth communication. These occasions include not only when one comments on works, but also when a commentator plays the role of a producer of works. While exchanging e-mails with the students under my supervision, I myself have resumed poetry writing. I believe that in academic research, poetic intuition also helps to enhance originality that doesn’t exist in conventional eyes.
My instruction resembles a live performance that mainly consists of colloquial words, as opposed to presentations based on a preprinted draft. I cordially expect you to determine your own policies and ways of thinking from the space where my quick-firing thoughts and wide array of quoted proper nouns fly.