J-Pop and Beyond

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Humanities Arts Cultural Stu
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Hampshire College
This course examines contemporary Japanese popular culture as a way of understanding cultural dimensions of globalization and its complex operation, which transcends traditional national boundaries. Narrowly defined, J-Pop refers to a genre of music that has dominated Japan's music scene since the early1990s. In this course we extend our investigation to include various other media, forms, and expressions of popular culture related to our interest, e.g., manga, anime, films, computer games, and distinctive fashions. These cultural industries together play an important role in the transnational production and dissemination of images and ideas about race, gender, and sexuality. We also examine the phenomenon from a consumers' side, by delving into the subcultures and subcultural praxis of people called "otaku" (nerd, geek, mania) who have supported and propelled the transnational trend through their compulsive consumption of both tangible and intangible commodities of J-pop and avid networking.
Culture, Humanities, and Languages Independent Work Multiple Cultural Perspectives Writing and Research In this course, students are expected to spend 6-8 hours weekly on work and preparation outside of class time.
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

J-Pop and Beyond
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Junko Oba joHA@hampshire.edu 02:30PM-03:50PM M;02:30PM-03:50PM W Music and Dance Building 110;Music and Dance Building 110