JAPN-411 Japanese Literature in Film
Fall for 2013-2014
Films studied in this course will generally be films based on major works of literature, such as The Makioka Sisters, When the Last Sword is Drawn, and The Human Condition. There will also be recent films, focused on the life-styles of Japanese living in the 21st Century, such as Time Traveler, Tokyo Tower, A Scene at the Sea, and Nana.
Each student is asked to write two term papers, each a min. of 12 pages, 1.5 spaces, or one longer paper, min. of 25 pages 1.5 spaces, related to discussions, comparisons, contrasts, etc., concerning Japanese films. It is preferable to discuss the films themselves, or books directly related to the films. Bibliographical suggestions appear throughout the full course syllabus online. Films other than those discussed in class may be selected instead, but they should be recent Japanese films, readily available, that have generally received good critical reviews, and that have substantial content, outstanding artistry, and high quality production values. Instead of a conventional paper, students may also choose to write a scenario instead, related to one or more of the films dealt with in the course, but they must be original creations, such as sequels, alternate endings, etc.
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