Faculty of Arts


Japanese Popular Culture since 1945

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for JAPANESE 341.


Examines post-1945 Japanese popular culture such as manga, anime, music and literature from the perspective of how they have dealt with issues such as national/cultural identity, "race", war memory, gender and globalisation. The historical and political context of each text and cultural practice is emphasised.

No knowledge of Japanese language required.

Learning goals:

  • To apply conceptual tools introduced in the class to other post-war Japanese popular cultural texts, artefacts and practices.
  • To critically engage with scholarly works on Japanese popular culture.
  • To be able to conduct a detailed analysis of selected popular cultural texts in their socio-historical contexts, from such perspectives as gender, race, national identity, globalisation and war memory.
  • To improve presentation skills.

Availability 2018

Not taught in 2018


Coordinator(s) Dr Rumi Sakamoto


JAPANESE 341: 15.0 points


JAPANESE 150 and 45 points at Stage II in Japanese including one of JAPANESE 240, 243, 270,  HISTORY 242, or 30 points at Stage II in Asian Studies



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