Pop Culture Cinema in Japan (JPNS 233.3)

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Syllabus / Public content Section Term Instructor
JPNS 233 01 September 2018 Izumi Adachi
JPNS 233 01 September 2017 Izumi Adachi
JPNS 233 01 September 2016 Izumi Adachi


Japanese popular culture, in the forms of manga, anime, films, and even characters like Hello Kitty, have become an integral part of popular culture across the globe today. From Godzilla to Miyazaki films, it seems that Japan is ?cool.? This course explores the Japanification of global popular culture by examining Japanese popular culture and its reception in the west and in East Asia from the 1950s through the present. Course meetings will include lectures, discussions, reading examples of manga and anime in translation, and viewing and discussing noteworthy films. Particular attention will be paid to how issues of modernity, loss, anguish and rebirth?all cultural and religious themes?play significant, yet sometimes silent, roles in Japanese popular culture.


Completion of 30 credit units at the university, or permission of the department.


This course may not be used to fulfill the Language requirement in Arts & Science programs.

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