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Re-writing Japanese Film History: Localized Pleasure, National Identity, and Global Capitalism
ALIT 227
Fall 2006
Section: 01  
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: Writing
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
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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