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JAPN0436

Readings in Japanese History

Readings in Japanese History: Modernism and Fascism between the World Wars
The 1920s in Japan is typically understood as a period of political and cultural experimentation, as witnessed by the rise of avant-garde cultural groups and radicalized social movements. In contrast, the 1930s is portrayed as Japan's "dark valley", in which this sense of experimentation was suppressed or co-opted by the state. In this course, we will revisit these tumultuous decades by engaging with a range of historical assessments, novels, and critical essays. We will begin by examining theories of modernism and fascism, and then explore the changing socio-cultural milieu in interwar Japan, including mass-culture, modernization, romanticism, imperialism, and utopianism. (formerly HIST 0418)
Subject:
Japanese
Department:
Japanese Studies
Division:
Languages
Requirements Fulfilled:
AAL HIS
Equivalent Courses:
HIST0436 *
HIST0418
JAPN0418

Sections

Spring 2015

JAPN0436A-S15 Seminar (Ward)

Fall 2013

JAPN0436A-F13 Seminar (Ward)

Spring 2012

JAPN0436A-S12 Lecture (Ward)