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HIST1022

Tokyo History & Utopia

Tokyo: Between History and Utopia
In this course we will explore the history of Tokyo – from backwater village in the 16th century to the cosmopolitan metropolis of the 20th century – and trace how Tokyo has captured the imagination as a space of possibility, play, consumption, and, for many, decadence. Through a range of sources, including film, novels, ethnographies, and historical essays, we will use Tokyo as a lens through which to explore broader questions related to capitalist modernity, the formation of the modern nation-state, cultural identity, the politics of gender, and mass-culture.
Subject:
History
Department:
History
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
AAL HIS WTR
Equivalent Courses:
JAPN1022

Sections

Winter 2013

HIST1022A-W13 Seminar (Ward)