Pop Music Revolutionaries in Modern Japan|
Fall 2021 not offered
How do different social actors--musicians, fans, industry stakeholders--use music to tell stories of everyday life? How does music become a site at 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 were/are embedded--and to which, often, they aim(ed) to speak back.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Lit&Cult)
Bourdaghs, Michael, "Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon: A Geopolitical Pre-History of J-Pop."
Other text(s) to be determined. In addition to the assigned texts, students will be assigned book chapters, literary selections, and other texts, as well as secondary-source readings designed to develop contextual understandings of the questions raised by the course. These will be made available via Moode and/or the Wesleyan course reserve system. Students are responsible for all readings, as well as for any listening and/or viewing tasks that may be assigned. Refer to course syllabus for comprehensive list of materials to be covered.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Reflection/reaction papers, in-class presentation, final project proposal
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
All lyrics and textual materials will be provided in English translation. No prior knowledge of Japanese language, Japanese culture, or musicology/ethnomusicology is necessary.
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