ASIAN 320 - Japanese Performance Culture
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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This introductory course explores a variety of Japanese theatrical forms from the 13th-century to the present, including Noh, Kyôgen, Bunraku, Kabuki, Shimpa, Shingeki, Takarazuka, and Butoh, with a strong emphasis on understanding these forms in their historical and performative contexts. The primary goals of this course: to familiarize students with the techniques and histories of Japanese performance traditions and, further, to develop students’ skills of critical observation and analytical writing about performance. Over the course of the term, we engage in close-readings of primary texts and secondary critical work, which will be supplemented with viewings of recorded performances as well as lecture demonstrations, whenever possible. Students are also exposed to some training in Noh acting techniques through short workshop sessions.

Course Requirements:

Six Response papers: 60% Class participation and attendance: 30% Final Portfolio Essay: 10%

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students from any level, majors, minors, students interested in Asian culture, theater and performance. No Japanese language or theater background is assumed or required.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

ASIAN 320 - Japanese Performance Culture
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001 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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