Re-writing Japanese Film History: Localized Pleasure, National Identity, and Global Capitalism|
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Donald Richie, A HUNDRED YEARS OF JAPANESE FILM
Noletti and Desser, eds., REFRAMING JAPANESE CINEMA
Isolde Stanish, A NEW HISTORY OF JAPANESE CINEMA
Ozu Yasujiro, "I was Born, but..."
Ozu, "Late Spring"
Masumura Yasuzo, "Giants and Toys"
Imamura Shohei, "The Pornographers"
Moria Yoshimitsu, "The Family Game"
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly web postings, in-class presentation, and two mid-length papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
A weekly film viewing session will be scheduled in the evening (TBA).
|Instructor(s): Yoshida,Junji Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK314; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 2||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 19||GRAD: 14||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 0||FR: 3|
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