ASIA 240
Toward Healing Trauma in Japanese and Korean Cinema Spring 2022
Division I
Cross-listed JAPN 240 / ASIA 240

Class Details

This course examines Japanese and Korean cinema from the 1930s to the present, with a focus on narratives of national trauma. We will explore 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. Japanese and Korean films follow a similar yet different trajectory in dealing with contentious issues that have left deep scars in society. We will analyze how Japanese and Korean filmmakers have confronted social injustice by addressing the pain of trauma in both countries. In doing so, we will discover the meaning of cultural confrontation in the process of healing and reconciliation among the members of 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
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
JAPN 240 Division I ASIA 240 Division I

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