JAPN-414 Japanese Science Fiction
Offered academic year 2006-2007
This course is an introduction to recent works belonging to the realm of science fiction in Japan, mainly in the form of stories, manga, and film. Texts used will be taken from Steven Brown’s Tokyo Cyberpunk (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Mamatas & Washington’s The Future
Is Japanese (San Francisco: Haika Soru, 2012), Van Troyer and Davis, Speculative Japan, vols. 1 &2 (Tokyo: Intercom Ltd., 2007 & 2011), and Brooke’s Strange Divisions & Alien Territories: The Sub-Genres Of Science Fiction (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
The main manga works for study are Otomo Katsuhiro’s Akira (San Francisco: Kodansha, 2009-2011), illustrated by Satoshi Kon, and Urasawa Naoki’s 20th Century Boys (San Francisco: Viz Media, 2009-2012). There will be concurrent study of the accompanying film realizations of these two manga series – Otomo’s Akira (Funimation 2013) and Tsutsumi & Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, Films 1-3 (Viz Pictures, 2009-2010).
Other films for study will include Higuchi Shinji’s The Sinking of Japan (Edko, 2006), based on Japan’s SF master Komatsu Sakyo’s novel, Japan Sinks (Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1995), Satoshi Kon’s Paprika (Sony, 2007), based on leading SF writer Tsutsui Yasutaka’s novel of the same name (New York: Vintage, 2013), and Fukasaku Kinji’s Battle Royale (Anchor Bay, 2012), based on Takami Koushun’s dystopian novel of the same name (San Francisco: Haika Soru, 2009). In each case, we will deal with the book version as well.
There will be a series of short papers to be written, with a variety of relevant topical choices available to students. Since this is an introductory course, offered in English, it is open to all Georgetown University students.
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