21F.065 / 21F.593 Japanese Literature and Cinema

As taught in: Spring 2006

Series of three color Japanese movie posters on a wall.

Old Japanese movie posters. (Image courtesy of Mayu Shimizu.)




Prof. Ian Condry

Course Description

This course includes surveys for both cinematic and literary representations of diverse eras and aspects of Japanese culture such as the classical era, the samurai age, wartime Japan and the atomic bombings, social change in the postwar period, and the appropriation of foreign cultural themes, with an emphasis on the modern period. The directors include Akira Kurosawa and Hiroshi Teshigahara. The authors include Kobo Abe and Yukio Mishima. The films are shown with subtitles in English. The course is taught in English.