This course will study texts from a generic perspective, concentrating on a particular genre or subgenre that stands outside the board categories of poetry, drama, and narrative.
The Culture of Anime and Manga (JPN61)
This course explores various analytic frameworks for understanding Japanese manga and anime as sociocultural phenomena. From a cultural anthropological perspective, we want to understand how manga and anime texts constitute a "culture" in a distinctive way and how it relates to existing sociohistorical conditions and aesthetic traditions. We may also call this culture "otaku culture," in so far as this is how some of its participants and observers habitually describe it today. Contemporary otaku cultural experience and sensibility touch on a wide variety of issues and ideas including nationalism, globalization, locality, technology, gender, subjectivity, postwar history, death, the human, the animal, and the inanimate. As such, the culture of anime and manga is not simply a convenient window through which to explore "Japanese culture" but is itself a heterogeneous site of cultural action, norms, desires, aesthetics, economy, and politics. (LIT/NW)
Fall 2013: Nozawa (10A)
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