HISTART 489 - Special Topics in Art and Culture
Section: 001 Japanese Society and Culture
Term: WN 2019
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
With permission of instructor.
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This is a multi-media seminar designed to introduce and explore key themes, metaphors, and patterns in and of modern Japanese society and culture through ethnography and film. We will review the emergence of Japan in the late nineteenth century as an imperialist power and consider the country's ambivalent status in Asia as an anti-colonial colonizer. Our main focus, however, is on postwar Japanese (1945-present) socio-cultural institutions. We will look at changing practices of “coupling” (marriage and divorce); the sex-gender system in context; concepts of illness and wellness; religion and cults; and popular cultural media. We will also explore and dismantle stereotypes of Japan (which are of Japanese and non-Japanese invention alike).

HISTART 489 - Special Topics in Art and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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Books are also reserved in the Fine Arts Library, Tappan Hall, 2F
ISBN: 9780813565163
Aging and Loss : Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan., Author: Danely, Jason., Publisher: Rutgers University Press 2015
ISBN: 9780939512683
Suye mura : a Japanese village, Author: Embree, John F. (John Fee), 1908-1950., Publisher: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan 1995
ISBN: 9780520295445
Playing war : children and the paradoxes of modern militarism in Japan, Author: Fruhstuck, Sabine., Publisher: University of California Press 2017
ISBN: 9780520297739
Diva nation : female icons from Japanese cultural history
ISBN: 9780520959064
Robo sapiens japanicus : robots, gender, family, and the Japanese nation, Author: Robertson, Jennifer, 1953-
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