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HIST 2020 Japanese Cultural Icons through Modern Times (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This course surveys Japanese history from 1600 to the present. Each week focuses on a cultural icon that dominated public culture at the time or came to be identified as such later. Examples include the samurai warrior, the courtesan, the "men of high purpose" in the Meiji Revolution, the war general, the modern girl, the emperor, the postwar salaryman, etc. Some are anti-heroes, but all have found a firm place in Japan's cultural history. Lectures place these figures in historical context, while readings examine their cultural meanings through literature, biography, scholarly texts, visual images, and film.

Instructor(s): Franziska Seraphim

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the Non-Western Requirement for the History Major.

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17