ASIAN 312 - After Defeat: The Cultural History of Postwar Japan
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course explores a transformative and influential period in the artistic and intellectual life of Japan. The course begins in 1945, when defeat in the Asian-Pacific War inspired fundamental reassessments of the role the arts should play in understanding the recent past and imagining the future. It ends in the 1970s, when writers and artists reevaluated thirty years of intellectual and artistic revolution and reconsidered Japan's place in the world "after" the postwar. The primary materials are fiction, film, plays, visual art, and philosophy. No knowledge of Japanese is required. We approach the postwar in four pieces: 1) 1945 to the early 1950s, when artists and intellectuals confronted their support for Japan's war in Asia and the Pacific and debated the relationship between art and politics; 2) The early 1950s to the end of the decade, when they examined the society emerging from the return of prosperity, conservative political ascendancy, Japan's subordination to the United States; 3) The 1960s, bracketed by protests at the beginning and end of the decade against the renewal of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, when radical politics and radical experiments in art went hand in hand; 4) The 1970s, when the end of high-speed growth and the narrowing of political possibilities fed a reassessment of the present and the postwar past.

Course Requirements:

Reading responses, midterm exam, paper, final exam

Intended Audience:

Any students interested in Asian culture or history.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute lecture sessions weekly.

ASIAN 312 - After Defeat: The Cultural History of Postwar Japan
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0802150616
A personal matter, Author: by Kenzaburo Oe ; translated from the Japanese by John Nathan., Publisher: Office for Protection from Research Risks (OPRR), National Institutes of Health 1st Evergr 1991
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0231131267
Lonely woman, Author: Takahashi Takako ; introduced and translated by Maryellen Toman Mori., Publisher: Columbia University Press 2004
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0811200329
The setting sun, Author: by Osamu Dazai ; translated by Donald Keene., Publisher: New Directions Pub. Corp. 16th print 1956
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781569470190
Inspector Imanishi investigates, Author: Seich? Matsumoto ; translated by Beth Cary., Publisher: Soho Press 1989
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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