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CMS 270 A: Perspectives on Film: Introduction

Anime and Popular Culture

Summer Term: 
B-term
Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 9:10am - 11:20am
Location: 
MGH 082A
SLN: 
14441
Joint Sections: 
ASIAN 207 A
Instructor:
Yuta Kaminishi

Syllabus Description:

Anime and Popular Culture

"What can anime teach us about our relationship with visual media?" This course has two objectives. First, we will learn how to articulate anime as an object of academic inquiry by using critical concepts and terms in Cinema and Media Studies. Second, we will situate anime within a larger media environment in our everyday life. In addition to analyzing anime contents, we aim at understanding the roles anime plays in popular culture such as franchising, fan fiction, and cosplay. Course materials include anime masterpieces by Miyazaki Hayao and Hosoda Mamoru, popular series like Sailor Moon and Gundam, and recent smash hits such as Attack on Titan and Madoka Magica. Assignments will include film viewing and readings, and there will be exams on the contents of these assignments. No Japanese language ability is required (all lectures and readings are in English and the films are in Japanese with English subtitles).

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to film form, style, and techniques. Examples from silent film and from contemporary film. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.
Department Requirements Met: 
Pre-req to Declare Cinema & Media Studies Major
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:02pm
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