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Rewriting Japanese Film History: Localized Pleasure, National Identity, and Global Capitalism
ALIT 227
Spring 2009 not offered
Crosslisting: EAST 227

What does Japanese modernity look like when seen through the lens of a movie camera? How accurate are those images? This course explores the history of Japanese moving images, from its early days to the present. Primary goals are to study the interaction between national and international dimensions of films, filmmakers, and technological changes. Rather than seeing film as transparent representations of Japanese culture or its religious traditions, the class will focus on how filmic form and narrative strategies construct Japan as an entity. Combining formal aesthetic analysis with larger historical inquries into industrialization, urbanization, colonialism, racism, and nationalism, we will uncover the surprisingly close linkages between the two.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AL&L
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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