Japanese Popular Culture since 1945
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.
- 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.
Not taught in 2022
Coordinator(s) Dr Rumi Sakamoto
JAPANESE 341: 15 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