Japanese Popular Culture

Grafitti in kanji.

Grafitti in kanji, Sakuragi-cho, Yokohama, Japan, 2000. (Photo courtesy of Prof. Ian Condry.)

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

21F.039 / 21F.037

As Taught In

Spring 2003

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Description

This course examines Japanese popular culture as a way of understanding the changing character of media, capitalism, fan communities and culture. Topics include manga (comic books), hip-hop and other popular music in Japan, anime (Japanese animated films) and feature films, sports (sumo, soccer, baseball), and online communication. Emphasis will be on contemporary popular culture and theories of gender, sexuality, race, and the workings of power in global culture industries.

Condry, Ian. 21F.039 Japanese Popular Culture, Spring 2003. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/global-studies-and-languages/21f-039-japanese-popular-culture-spring-2003 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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