Japanese Pop Culture: from Postwar to Postmodern

History N100.002

Summer 2016
Second 6 Week Session
Section: 
002
Instructor: 
Location: 
31 Evans
Day & Time: 
TuTh 10-12
CCN: 
31513
Units: 
2

Over the past three decades, Japanese popular culture and its most famous products and characters have become familiar worldwide. This course looks at the history of Japanese popular culture since 1945 and explores how the pillars of the Japanese "contents industry"--manga, anime, video games, and light novels--came to play their current central role in the Japanese media ecosystem and global pop culture. We will consider a wide range of topics including fan cultures, modes of capitalism, manga and anime production, Pokémon and gaming, and the media mix in order to question the work that pop culture does in society to make it popular. We will also watch and read historically significant examples of these media as part of the course.

 
 
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Course Books

Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics by Casey Brienza Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN: 9781472595874 Required
Anime's Media Mix by Marc Steinberg Minnesota Press. ISBN: 978-0-8166-7550-0 Required
The Soul of Anime by Ian Condry Duke University Press. ISBN: 978-0-8223-5394-2 Required
Ghost in the Shell (film) by Oshii, Mamoru (director) n/a. ISBN: ASIN: B00L6AW2MC Optional
Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance by McFarland, Mike & Anno, Hideaki (directors) n/a. ISBN: ASIN: B004EC5IUW Optional
Summer Wars by McFarland, Mike & Hosoda, Mamoru n/a. ISBN: ASIN: B00B1RB942 Optional
Children Who Chase Lost Voices by Shinkai, Makoto n/a. ISBN: ASIN: B008XEZXXE Optional
Children Who Chase Lost Voices by Shinkai, Makoto n/a. ISBN: ASIN: B008XEZXXE Optional
Castle in the Sky by Miyazaki, Hayao (director) n/a. ISBN: ASIN: B002ZTQVHK Optional
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie by Watanabe, Shinichiro (director) n/a. ISBN: ASIN: B004R0MF0M Optional
The Rose of Versailles Part 1 by Nagahama, Tadao (director) n/a. ISBN: ASIN: B00PNQNCOC Optional
Akira (film) by Otomo, Katsuhiro (director) n/a. ISBN: ASIN: B00ENNA62W Optional
What Did You Eat Yesterday? Vol. 3 by Yoshinaga, Fumi Vertical. ISBN: 978-1939130402 Optional
What Did You Eat Yesterday? Vol. 2 by Yoshinaga, Fumi Vertical. ISBN: 978-1939130396 Optional
What Did You Eat Yesterday? Vol. 1 by Yoshinaga, Fumi Vertical. ISBN: 978-1939130389 Optional
Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 4-6 by Arawakawa, Hiromu Viz Media LLC. ISBN: 978-1421540191 Optional
Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 1-3 by Arawakawa, Hiromu Viz Media LLC. ISBN: 978-1421540184 Optional
A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro, Tatsumi Drawn & Quaterly. ISBN: 978-1897299746 Optional
Dororo by Osamu, Tezuka Vertical. ISBN: 978-1935654322 Optional
The Birth of Kitaro by Mizuki Shigeru, trans. Zack Davisson Drawn & Quaterly. ISBN: 978-1770462281 Optional
The Heart of Thomas by Hagio Moto, trans. Matt Thorn Fantagraphics. ISBN: 978-1606995518 Optional