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Japanese Studies, a guide for undergraduate research: Manga

Duke's Japanese Studies collection supports scholarly activities across a broad range of disciplines and topics. This provides an introduction to key databases, journals and print sources or specific sources for data, film, images and primary sources.

To find manga

To find manga, use "manga or graphic novels" and "Japan" as keywords and limit to books or "Comic books, strips, etc. -- Japan" as a subject search.

For research on manga, search "Comic books, strips, etc. -- Japan -- History and criticism".


In addition to the work of Frederick Schodt (Dreamland Japan : writings on modern manga;Manga! Manga! : the world of Japanese comics),  other studies of manga can be found by searching the online catalog. The most recent guide is:
Manga : the complete guide by Jason Thompson.

Web Links

Frederik L. Schodt's HomePage
Homepage of the author of several books on manga; includes descriptions and tables of contents from his books and a good set of manga links.

"Manga" entry, Wikipedia 
Brief overview of manga, including origins, format, style, types of manga, manga distributors, manga magazines, etc. (Note for those unfamiliar with Wikipedia: this source is a free-content, collaborative website designed to be written, updated, and edited by its readers. The content of any Wikipedia entry can change at any time. All content should be verified.) 
Formerly the Shoujo manga page.  Created by a cultural anthropologist in the Department of Cartoon & Comic Art, Kyoto Seika University

Tezuka Osamu World 
Official web page. Includes links to Tezuka Osamu museum, fan club, and information on the man himself.

Ohio State's manga blog
Provides an index to the manga titles held at Ohio State (over 1300).

Manga locations

English translations of manga are held in Lilly library while Japanese manga are in the East Asian Collection on the second floor of Bostock.  Most are in the PN's but some are classified by subject (history, economics, literature).

Historical Manga

Manga ni egakareta Meiji Taishō Shōwa
EAC: DS822.25 .M34 1998
Manga zasshi hakubutsukan
EAC:  NC1706 .M35 1986
Tokyo Puck 1905-1912