Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT

21F.039: Japanese Popular Culture

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Examines Japanese popular culture as a way of understanding the changing character of media, capitalism, fan communities, and cultural differences. 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. Emphasizes contemporary popular culture and theories of gender, sexuality, race, and the workings of power in global culture industries. Several films screened outside of regular class meeting times. Taught in English. Credit cannot also be received for 21F.591.

Units: 3-0-9(U)



Spring 2013

Section No. Instructor Days Time Room
1 J. Cullen TR 7-8:30pm 4-249


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