Pop Music Revolutionaries in Modern Japan|
How do musicians, fans, industry stakeholders, and holders of political power use music to tell stories of everyday life? How does music become a means through which different visions for social, cultural, and political life are imagined and articulated, especially in moments of crisis and upheaval? This course introduces the work of influential musical figures in modern and contemporary Japan-from rock stars to folk singers, enka crooners to "idols"-and considers trends and topics in modern Japanese society through the lens of different forms of musical expression. By considering the work of these figures in their own historical contexts and in light of relevant scholarship, the course provides an opportunity to learn not only about songs and artists not often encountered outside of Japan, but also about the everyday historical, social, and political contexts within which they are embedded-and to which, often, they aim to speak back.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Lit&Cult)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
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In this course we will explore the music and lyrics of influential performers and songwriters from across modern Japanese history, including protest-folk singers Takada Wataru and Ryo Kagawa, rock superstars Hamada Shogo and Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, enka crooners Hosokawa Takashi and Miyako Harumi, 'idol' groups AKB 48 and SMAP, and many more. We will also read secondary-source material selected to help students conceive productively of popular music in/as scholarship, and develop historical and contextual understandings of the music and performances that we encounter. Musical selections and readings may change from year to year; refer to the course syllabus for comprehensive list of materials to be covered.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Periodic reaction papers; for the final assignment students may choose between creative or research work.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
All lyrics and textual materials will be provided in English translation. No prior knowledge of the Japanese language or Japanese culture is required. Students do not need any background in musicology or ethnomusicology to be successful in this course.
|Instructor(s): Aalgaard,Scott W. Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: FEAS SEM; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 3||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 8||FR: 5|
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