ASIAN 280 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 002 Tokyo and the Crowd
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Today, the glamorous and consumerist images of Tokyo fill our imagination as a city that is illuminated by large LCD screens with uninterrupted advertisement, streets filled with the latest consumer gadgets and designer boutiques. But is that really all Tokyo has to offer to 12 million of its residents? This lecture course examines the history of the metropolis from 1800 to present through analysis of historical materials to uncover the social and cultural transformations of the city and the lives of its resident that a stereotype often obscures. Focusing on the issues of authority, gender, and class, we will explore the complex historical realities that existed in Tokyo and familiarize ourselves with expressions of the city and its residents in forms of woodblock, literature, photography, popular magazines, and films. How was the landscape of the city affected when the Tokugawa shogunate resigned and the new Imperial power was established in 1868? What attracted intellectuals and artists from other parts of Asia to come to Tokyo in the early twentieth century? How did the residents deal with the total devastation of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake? How did the allied occupation of Japan from 1945-1952 influence the artistic expressions about the life in Tokyo? We will engage with textual and pictorial analyses of the selected works to further our understanding and appreciation of the great metropolis beyond the glitz and slick.

ASIAN 280 - Topics in Asian Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
45180
Open
9
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
45181
Open
7
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
48023
Open
13
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (SEM)
P
48168
Open
9
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 9780195339222
A modern history of Japan : from Tokugawa times to the present, Author: Andrew Gordon., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2nd ed. 2009
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