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“I Am Michi!” : Identity Politics in Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis

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Title: “I Am Michi!” : Identity Politics in Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis
Author: Bryant, Emi
Advisor: McGrane, Laura
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of English
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: Although Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis is primarily concerned with questions of science, the text subtly questions the politics of identity through the liminality of the artificially created Michi. As an artificial being, Michi is neither male nor female, neither human nor robot. This thesis examines how Michi's identity is shaped and determined by the perceptions of the citizens of Metropolis, both human and robot, as well as by the critical reader, to see if Michi has a place in Metropolitan society and what it means for both the citizens and for Michi.
Subject: Tezuka, Osamu, 1928-1989 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Science fiction comic books, strips, etc
Subject: Comic books, strips, etc. -- Japan -- History and criticism
Subject: Tezuka, Osamu, 1928-1989. Metropolis
Subject: Cartoon characters -- Japan
Subject: Identity (Psychology) -- Political aspects
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Bryant, Emi. "“I Am Michi!” : Identity Politics in Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis". 2006. Available electronically from

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