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Spring 2014 East Asian W3338 section 001

Call Number 63013
Day & Time
M 6:10pm-7:25pm
522C Kent Hall
Day & Time
W 6:10pm-7:25pm
101 Kent Hall
Points 3
Approvals Required None
Instructor Gregory Pflugfelder
Course Description           From Godzilla to Pokemon (literally, "pocket monster") toys, Japanese monsters have become a staple commodity of late-capitalist global pop culture. This course seeks to place this phenomenon within a longer historical, as well as a broader cross-cultural, context. Through an examination of texts and images spanning over thirteen centuries of Japanese history, along with comparable productions from other cultures, students will gain an understanding not only of different conceptions and representations of monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures in Japan, but also of the role of the "monstrous" in the cultural imagination more generally. The course draws on various media and genres of representation, ranging from written works, both literary and scholarly, to the visual arts, material culture, drama, and cinema. Readings average 100-150 pages per week. Several film and video screenings are scheduled in addition to the regular class meetings. Seating is limited, with final admission based on a written essay and other information to be submitted to the instructor before the beginning of the semester. Some preference is given to EALAC and History majors, as well as to those who have done previous coursework on Japan.
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Department East Asian Languages and Cultures
Enrollment 12 students (13 max) as of 11:30PM Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Status Full
Subject East Asian
Number W3338
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To School of the Arts, Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate, Graduate School of Arts and Science, General Studies, School of Continuing Education, Global Programs, International and Public Affairs
Campus Morningside
Section key 20141EAAS3338W001

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