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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2004

ANS 383 • Visuality and Popular Culture in Japan

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27355 W
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
UTC 1.142

Course Description

Japanese culture is well known for its superb traditions in both the visual and the literary arts. This course examines the role of visuality in its broadest sense in Japanese culture from 1600 to the present. We will begin with a discussion of traditional Japanese aesthetics in both art and literature, move onto an in depth examinaton of culture, visuality and sexuality in the Edo-period- a period which many observers see as a precursor to the “postmodern” world of contemporary Japan, and will end with a lengthy look at visuality in the explosive popular culture of today’s Japan. This section will include explorations of the role of the theme park, the department store, nostalgic journeys, gender performance, and manga and anime. The course will also contain a comparative component as well, comparing Japanese visual culture with that of the West and of China.


Hal Foster, Vision and Visuality Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation Nishiyama Matsunosuke, Edo Culture: Daily Life and Diversions in Urban Japan Gerald Figal, Civilization and the Monsters: Spirits of Modernity in Meiji Japan


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