ASIA 240
Toward Healing Trauma in Japanese and Korean Cinema Spring 2022
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed JAPN 240
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This course examines Japanese and Korean cinema from the 1930s to the present, with a focus on narratives of trauma. We will analyze cinematic representations of social conflicts caused by continuous negotiations of tradition and progress, gender and identity, and everyday life and war wounds in the transition from imperial/colonial to post-imperial/post-colonial periods. Along with exploring historical contexts, we will compare the ways in which Japanese and Korean filmmakers have confronted social injustice by addressing the pain of trauma. In doing so, we will discover the meanings of cultural confrontation in the process of healing and reconciliation in our society. All readings and screenings will be available in English translation or with English subtitles.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3400
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class attendance and participation, weekly GLOW posts, two short essays (4-5 pages each), and a final project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Open to all students, but if over-enrolled, priority will be given to majors in the Department of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
JAPN 240 Division I ASIA 240 Division I
DPE Notes: This course traces the trajectories of Japanese and Korean films that deal with contentious issues which have left deep scars in society, including the legacies of Japanese colonialism and Cold War politics in East Asia. Students will have the opportunity to think critically about the implications of such cultural representations of social wounds and injustice on the way toward reconciliation.

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