112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Comparative Media II

Session Chair: 
Sarah Lozier, University of California, Riverside
Session 4: Friday 3:45-5:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 9
Topic Area: 


  1. Hella Bloom Cohen, St. Catherine University
    The examination of four variants of M.I.A.’s 2007 song “Paper Planes” reveals that collaboration and censorship, to varying degrees, simplify and obscure the messages found in the first variant of the song. 
  2. Rusty Marilee Rust, California State University, Long Beach
    American Horror Story uses the motif of the asylum to interrogate the construction of mental illness during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Similarly, Judy Grahn’s poem, “Mental,” takes on the mental health system and other oppressive systems that limit the agency of those that are deemed non-normative within contemporary society.
  3. Gabriel Rodriguez, Stanford University
    “Train Man” (Densha Otoko) is a Japanese media phenomenon spanning books, manga, anime, television, and film.This paper examines this collection of media to determine whether this franchise fits in with current ideas of media convergence, or if this phenomenon signifies a new development in the Japanese “media mix.” 
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