Spring 2011

Japan on Screen

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-34  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-32


Timothy J. Van Compernolle (Section 01)


(Offered as ASLC 34 [J] and FAMS 32.)  Is the concept of national cinema useful in the age of globalization?  Given the international nature of cinema at its inception, was it ever a valid concept?  In this course, we will consider how the nation is represented on screen as we survey the history of film culture in Japan, from the very first film footage shot in the country in 1897, through the golden age of studio cinema in the 1950s, to important independent filmmakers working today. While testing different theories of national, local, and world cinema, we will investigate the Japanese film as a narrative art, as a formal construct, and as a participant in larger aesthetic and social contexts.  This course includes the major genres of Japanese film and influential schools and movements.  Students will also learn and get extensive practice using the vocabulary of the discipline of film studies.  This course assumes no prior knowledge of Japan or Japanese, and all films have English subtitles.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Van Compernolle.

If Overenrolled: Permission of Instructor

Cost: 8.13 ?


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Fall 2018, Fall 2020