This course examines Japanese history from 1600 to the present through the media of film and literature. It also explores the relationship between history and drama, in particular, how they can illuminate or conceal basic truths and values of the past. Views of feudal life and modern times, obsessions with honor and suicide, the changing role of women in society, the encounter between Japanese and foreign cultures, and themes of war and pacifism will be investigated.
* This course will require students to view assigned films according to a schedule. While many of the films required are available for viewing on campus in the UMBC campus library, an online subscription to FilmStruck (with the Criterion Collection for one month at a cost of $10.99 will be necessary) to complete the course.