Course Details

Course offered Summer 2012

Honors 210 A: Modern Japan through Cinema

Honors 210 A: Modern Japan through Cinema (A&H)

SLN 11630 (View UW registration info »)

Edward (Ted) Mack (Asian Languages and Literature)
Phone: 206-543-4356

Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

Honors Credit Type

A TERM ONLY (June 18-July 18)
This course will be an introduction to modern Japan through its cinema, in which we will use a wide variety of twentieth-century films to discuss a wide variety of topics. Not only will be viewing films in a variety of genres — documentary, drama, comedy, science fiction, historical, supernatural, avant-garde, and animation — we will also be discussing topics ranging from the nature of art to the moral questions of nuclear modernity. Although our discussions will be sensitive to the specific nature of film as an expressive medium, we will consider the topics of art, history, society, war, propaganda, tradition, and morality.

Students are expected to watch films on their own prior to class discussion. All films will be available via streaming and in DVD format for viewing in the Media Center. Please note that while the streamed versions are convenient, the DVD versions are of higher quality.

Honors 210 can be used to fulfill the national cinema requirement for the Cinema Studies degree in the Department of Comparative Literature.

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