2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Nov 30, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

JAPN 110 - Japanese Pop Culture: Narratives of National Identity

In this FYI, we will examine popular culture in Japan - literature, film, anime, music, visual art - from the 80’s to the present, for ways it both shapes and reflects issues of cultural and national identity. Engaging with theories of popular culture and globalization, we will explore the production, consumption, and export of popular culture narratives about Japan. Topics for consideration include: Japanese “uniqueness”; gender role (de-)construction; historical consciousness and collective memory; cross-cultural fandom; kawaii and the contradictions of technology. Fulfills the Verbal Expression requirement. You must be placed at the Verbal Expression level to be admitted into this seminar.


Prerequisites: VE placement required

Course Designation/Attribute: VE, DI

Anticipated Terms Offered: bi-annually