21F.039 / 21F.037 Japanese Popular Culture

Spring 2003

Grafitti in kanji.
Grafitti in kanji, Sakuragi-cho, Yokohama, Japan, 2000.  (Photo courtesy of  Prof. Ian Condry.)

Course Highlights

Lecture notes and all assignments for this course may be downloaded.

Course Description

This course examines Japanese popular culture as a way of understanding the changing character of media, capitalism, fan communities and culture. Topics include manga (comic books), hip-hop and other popular music in Japan, anime (Japanese animated films) and feature films, sports (sumo, soccer, baseball), and online communication. Emphasis will be on contemporary popular culture and theories of gender, sexuality, race, and the workings of power in global culture industries.
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Prof. Ian Condry

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session