Japan on Screen

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Asian Languages & Civilization

Course Number: 
234
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as ASLC 234 [J] and FAMS 320.)  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.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Crosslisted Section ID: 
ASLC-234-01,FAMS-320-01
Schedule #: 
ASLC-234-01-1213S

Course Sections

Japan on Screen
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Timothy Van Compernolle

tvancompernolle@amherst.edu

TTH 02:30PM-03:50PM

FAYE 117