ASIAN 321 - Make it New: Modernism and Modern Life in Japan
Section: 001
Term: FA 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 is about the experience of being modern in Japan, as seen in literature, film, the arts and philosophy from the 1870s to the present. After the end of "samurai" Japan, writers, artists and ordinary people reflected on the immense changes in their world. The result was a century and a half of experimentation in describing modern life. The course starts with the era of "civilization and enlightenment" of the 1870s and 1880s, cuts to the modernism and anti-modernism of the 1920s and 1930s, explores the return of modernity as an ideal after WWII, and finishes with the world of the otaku, "superflat" aesthetics, and the cyborg in the 1990s and 2000s. No knowledge of Japanese is required.

Course Requirements:

Reading responses, paper, midterm and final exam.

Intended Audience:

Anyone interested in modern Japan or modernism in arts and literature.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute classes weekly

ASIAN 321 - Make it New: Modernism and Modern Life in Japan
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780375726538
The face of another, Author: by Kobo Abe., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 2003
ISBN: 9781400078370
Out, Author: Natsuo Kirino ; translated by Stephen Snyder., Publisher: Vintage International 1st Vintag 2004
ISBN: 9780816653522
Otaku : Japan's database animals, Author: Hiroki Azuma ; translated by Jonathan E. Abel and Shion Kono., Publisher: University of Minnesota Press [English e 2009
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