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From Fascism to Fukushima: Navigating the Everyday in Modern Japan

CEAS 395
Fall 2021 not offered
Crosslisting: WLIT 395
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate

Terms like "fascism" and "nationalism" have begun to creep into popular and media discourse on contemporary social and political experience, both in Japan and elsewhere. But what do terms like these actually mean? How can we conceive of the phenomena that they are meant to signify? This course explores questions like these (and others) by attending to the experiences of everyday life--what scholars have called "everydayness"--in modern and contemporary Japan. By attending to literature, music, film, and scholarly texts, we will consider some of the different ways in which "Japan" has been understood by different individuals in different historical moments, and think about the ways in which the contingent experience of living the everyday can engender specific--often ambiguous--political stances upon the world. By emphasizing the transnational commonalities of "everydayness" as the experience of life under capitalism, we will note some of the ways in which the everyday in modern Japan opens up ways for thinking about our own social and political moments, as well.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CEAS
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Lit&Cult)(CSCT)

Last Updated on JUL-13-2024
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