Modern Japan through Cinema
This course will be an introduction to modern Japan through films, in which we will use a wide variety of twentieth-century works to discuss an array of topics. Not only will we be viewing films in a variety of genres -- documentary, drama, comedy, historical pieces, the avant-garde, gangster films, and animation -- we will also be discussing topics ranging from the nature of art to the moral questions of nuclear modernity. Although our discussions will be sensitive to the specific nature of film as an expressive medium, we will consider the topics of art, history, society, war, propaganda, tradition, and morality.
Students will be expected to watch the films prior to class meetings, in which we will discuss them. All films will be available through the Language Learning Center to be watched online.
Grades will be based on students' preparation for and participation in classroom discussions (40%), as well as on their performance on a midterm (30%) and a final exam (30%).
MyPlan users: please be aware that while this course is offered most academic years, it is not offered on a regular schedule and is taught by multiple faculty members depending on the year.