|Part I: What is Japanese Culture? Everyday Life and Contemporary Issues|
|1||Introduction to the Course: Brief history Japan and the contemporary study of culture||[Bumiller] 1-33|
|3||Is Japan group-oriented?||
[Bumiller] Continue reading. Finish by session 8.
Film: Makiko's New World. Directed by David Plath. Color, 57 min. Media Production Group, 1999. [Preview available on YouTube: docued. "Makiko's New World – PREVIEW." September 10, 2008. Accessed August 28, 2012.]
Film: Hoichi the Earless, excerpt from Kwaidan. Directed by Masaki Kobayashi. Color, 183 min, 1964.
|5||Culture of Art, Folktakes, and Performance|
|6||Men, Women, and Change||
Kelly, William W., and Merry I. White. "Students, Slackers, Singles, Seniors and Strangers: Transforming a Family Nation." (PDF)
Film: The Pacific Century, Vol. 6: Inside Japan, Inc. 60 mins. 1992.
|Part II: Encounters with Cultural Difference|
|10||Diversity of Japan||
Video Games from Japan
Wezorek, Joe. "Japanese Dominance of the Video Game Industry." In The Japanification of Children's Popular Culture: From Godzilla to Miyazaki. Edited by Mark I. West. Scarecrow Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780810851214.
[Ito] Kijima, Yoshimasa. "The Fighting Gamer Otaku Community: What Are They Fighting About?" Chapter 9.
Popular Culture and Society
Be familiar with:
Otsuka. "Narrative Consumption." (2011)
|14||Hiroshima: Did the Bomb End the War?||
Sayle, Murray. "Letter from Hiroshima: Did the Bomb End the War?," New Yorker, July 31, 1995, 40–64.
Dower, John. "Don't Expect Democracy in Iraq." Boston Review, February/March 2003 issue.
Napier, Susan J. "Grave of the Fireflies." In Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation. Palgrave Macmillan, 2001. ISBN: 9780312238629. [Preview with Google Books]
Film: Grave of the Fireflies. Directed by Isao Takahata. Color, 89 min. Studio Ghibli, 1988.
|16||Contemporary Japan as Global Culture||
McGray, Douglas. "Japan's Gross National Cool." Foriegn Policy, May 1, 2012.