Yale Summer Session in Tokyo: Japanese Cinema and Culture (FILM S-191/JAPN S-275)
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Course Dates: Saturday, July 7 – Saturday, August 11, 2012
Course Description: A broad introduction to Japanese cinema and its interrelations with modern Japanese culture. Surveys the history of Japanese film from the silent era, through the golden ages of the 1930s and the 1950s, up until the present, with particular emphasis on recent decades and films that students can relate to the Japan they experience on the streets. Cinema will be connected to various cultural phenomena, including theater, manga, television, comedy, fan subcultures, minority ethnicities, and literature. The focus will be on investigating the cultural significance of Japanese cinema, both within Japanese culture and in world film, particularly by examining how it has been located in divisions between the traditional and the modern, the national and the transnational, the individual and the group, and the private and the public. 2 Credits.