Anime to Zen
UMMA Aud. 061
MW 11:30-1:00pm
4 Credit Lecture

What is the place of recent Japanese visual culture in the larger history of the Japanese art? How can it illuminate our understanding of earlier art and vice versa? What does it tell us about the place of visual culture in the world today? This course examines examples of contemporary popular visual culture to illuminate fundamental themes common throughout Japanese history. A wide range of films, photography, paintings, architecture, comics, new media, and design will serve as lenses to focus discussions of ideas about nature and place, personal and national identity in a globalized world, fantasy and virtual realities, humanity and its borders, beauty and ugliness, violence and war, the body, gender, sex, and consumption. We will also explore parallels between the United States and Japan in recent decades, considering the ways that visual cultures manifest and shape soft power in the 21st century. The course assumes no previous exposure to the cultures or languages of Japan, and all are welcome to attend. Estimated cost of materials: less than $50. C. 2, 3, 4