21F.065 / 21F.593 Japanese Literature and Cinema, Spring 2006
Japanese Literature and Cinema
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This course includes surveys for both cinematic and literary representations of diverse eras and aspects of Japanese culture such as the classical era, the samurai age, wartime Japan and the atomic bombings, social change in the postwar period, and the appropriation of foreign cultural themes, with an emphasis on the modern period. The directors include Akira Kurosawa and Hiroshi Teshigahara. The authors include Kobo Abe and Yukio Mishima. The films are shown with subtitles in English. The course is taught in English.
japanese aesthetics, suicide, pressure of daily life, gender, sexuality, contemporary japan, traditional japan, anime, surrealism, false realism, the absurd, humor, japan