ASIAN 280 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 001 Japanese Narrative Design Lab
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be elected twice for credit.
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How do Japanese narrative arts work and how might we reverse-engineer them to design stories of our own? The Japanese Narrative Design Lab blends critical analysis with creative work, prioritizing hands-on exploration to teach students about Japanese visual culture and the mechanics of dynamic storytelling. The main goal of this course is to train you to become better critical readers of Japanese narrative through experimental, practice-based creative work. We will dissect medieval tales, noh and kabuki plays, illustrated handscrolls, manga, and anime to determine what makes them tick. Students will learn how to read original materials closely and then translate their insights into character design, plotting, scripting, layout, inking, and coloring — in analog and digital mediums. Ideally, a diverse mix of readers, writers, and illustrators will contribute their talents to the class. Students with backgrounds in creative writing, visual, and dramatic arts welcome. No experience in visual art or Japanese language/culture required.

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Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

ASIAN 280 - Topics in Asian Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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