JAPN-411 Japanese Literature in Film
Fall for 2013-2014
This course will focus on notable films of the Nineties, in terms of thematic development, comparing groups of cinematic works which deal with similar themes from different perspectives. Of the ten films selected for this semester, five are based on literary works in book form, and five are original cinematic works whose scripts have exceptional literary merit. All the films are outstanding in terms of dramatic and artistic merit as well, and all reflect important Japanese cultural, social and philosophical concepts, and ways of looking at and dealing with the world. The themes dealt with in the films include social commentary, humor, crime, adventure and fantasy. Two of the films are animated, and one, called "Spirited Away" in English, won the 2003 Oscar Award for Best Animated Film. All films are available in U.S.-compatible DVD format. They can be viewed at any time via the Lauinger Library AV Learning Resource Center. Conducted in English. Online syllabus available. Fall.
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