CJS 451 - Topics in Japanese Studies
Section: 001 Traditional Japanese Music and Theater
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Japanese Studies (CJS)
Department: LSA II: Japanese Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior/Senior or Graduate students.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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What are the musical principles, building blocks, and performance practices of traditional Japanese music and theater? How are traditional performing arts transmitted from master to disciple? How are they performed today? This course explores the music and genres of Gagaku, Noh, Kabuki, and Bunraku (which are designated as UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage) by tracing their origin and development throughout history and investigating their influences on traditional and contemporary theater forms. The aims of this course are to give students the skills to critically analyze audio-visual recordings of compositions and performances, identify the driving forces onstage, and recognize the space for improvisation within the rigidity of tradition. Special emphasis will be placed on Noh plays (e.g. Dôjôji, Ataka), examining how and why performance styles evolved in Kabuki and Bunraku. Students will participate in oral transmission of the nohkan (Noh flute) and Noh singing and dancing, integrating theoretical knowledge and practical skills. No experience in music or Japanese language required.

Course Requirements:

Course assignments include one in-class exam, one final paper of 10-12 pages, and occasional short response papers. Students will give an in-class presentation based on their final paper.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute sessions per week.

CJS 451 - Topics in Japanese Studies
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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