JAPN 258
Japanese Film Fall 2013
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 258 / JAPN 258
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An introduction to Japanese film organized around major directors. The course will cover early masters like Ozu, Mizoguchi, and Kurosawa; New Wave directors of the 1960s and 1970s; and a few contemporary figures like Kitano “Beat” Takeshi. We will also consider popular genres like swordplay films, J-Horror, and anime, focusing on some directors whose work seems to borrow equally from genre film and the artistic avant- garde. All texts are translated or subtitled in English.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 45
Expected: 20
Class#: 1731
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: regular attendance in class and at some evening screenings, weekly film viewing and readings in film theory and criticism, and several short response assignments, plus two 5-6 page papers and one test
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: given to students majoring or considering a major in Comparative Literature
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 258 Division I JAPN 258 Division I

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