|SES #||TOPICS||KEY DATES|
|Week 1: Introduction|
|1||Introduction to the Course|
|Week 2: Analyzing Japan / Analyzing Popular Culture|
|2||Film Segment: "The Japanese Version"|
|3||The History of Popular Music in Japan|
|Week 3: Racial Boundaries and Representation in Popular Culture|
|4||Film Segment: "Doubles"|
|5||Race in Japanese Hip-Hop|
|Week 4: Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture|
|6||Seminar on "Gender Roles and Anime."
If unable to attend the Seminar, then your Assignment is to Write a 2-page Commentary Contrasting Two of the Assigned Readings (Due by Ses #8).
|7||Special Event: "Comfort Women of Korea visit MIT."
If you cannot attend, an additional assignment can be done instead.
|Week 5: Identity, Resistance, and Popular Culture: Borders and Crossings|
|8||Japanese Identity: Homogeneity or Difference?||Discussion of Essay #1 Assignment|
|9||Methods and Approaches to the Study of Popular Culture||Essay #1 Due (5 Pages, Double-Spaced)|
|Week 6: Manga and Cultural Production|
|11||A Sociology of Cultural Production of Manga|
|Week 7: Manga and Power|
|12||Metropolis: Fritz Lang to Tezuka to Otomo|
|13||Manga and Social Commentary|
|Week 8: Manga and Anime|
|15||Who are the Otaku?|
|Week 9: Assessing Manga as Cultural Form|
|16||In Class Discussion of Manga Issues Re: Essay 2|
|17||Essay #2 Due (5 Pages, Double Spaced)|
|Week 10: Re-Imagining Japan|
|18||Tradition and Transnationalism|
|19||Flow or Appropriation - Whose Culture is it? (2)|
|Week 11: Japanese Television|
|20||Student Presentations 1|
|Week 12: Japanese Popular Literature|
|22||Student Presentations 2|
|23||Japanese Popular Literature|
|Week 13: Crisis and Restructuring|
|Week 14: Popular Culture and Japan's Future|
|24||Final Paper is Due the Last Day of Class.
There is no Final Exam