21F.065 / 21F.593 Japanese Literature and Cinema

Spring 2006

Series of three color Japanese movie posters on a wall.
Old Japanese movie posters. (Image courtesy of Mayu Shimizu.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of films and readings as well as instructions for all essay assignments.

Course Description

This course includes surveys for both cinematic and literary representations of diverse eras and aspects of Japanese culture such as the classical era, the samurai age, wartime Japan and the atomic bombings, social change in the postwar period, and the appropriation of foreign cultural themes, with an emphasis on the modern period. The directors include Akira Kurosawa and Hiroshi Teshigahara. The authors include Kobo Abe and Yukio Mishima. The films are shown with subtitles in English. The course is taught in English.
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Prof. Ian Condry

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Film Screenings:
One session / week
3 hours / session