Sunday, September 11, 2011

HUM 230: Contemporary Japanese Literature and Culture in Translation

Building film/resource list for the Spring 2012 course -- suggestions always welcome:

Course Films

Late Spring (Japan: Yasujirô Ozu, 1949: 108 mins)

Rashomon (Japan: Akira Kurosawa, 1950: 88 mins)

Ugetsu (Japan: Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953: 94 mins)

Gojira (Japan: Ishirô Honda, 1954: 96 mins)

Hara Kiri (Japan: Masaki Kobayashi, 1962: 133 mins)

Under the Flag of the Red Sun (Japan: Kinji Fukasaku, 1972: 96 mins)

In the Realm of the Senses (Japan: Nagisa Ôshima, 1976: 109 mins)

Ghost in the Shell (Japan: Mamoru Oshii, 1995: 83 mins)

Fireworks (Japan: Takeshi Kitano, 1997: 103 mins)

Princess Mononoke (Japan: Hayao Miyazaki, 1997: 134 mins)

Ringu (Japan: Hideo Nakata, 1998: 96 mins)

Metropolis (Japan: Rintaro, 2001: 108 mins)

Still Walking (Japan: Hirokazu Koreeda, 2008: 115 mins)


Bolton, Christopher, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., and Takayuki Tatsumi, ed. Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction From Origins to Anime. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press, 2007.

Nitobe, Inazo. Bushido: The Soul of Japan. (Originally published 1904: Author's Edition, Revised and Enlarged 13th EDITION 1908) More print versions available at Project Gutenberg. Audio reading available here.


Murakami, Haruki. "On seeing the 100% perfect girl one beautiful April morning."


About Japan: A Teacher's Resource

Akira Kurosawa: News, Information and Discussion

Anime World Order Podcast

Japan Society (New York)

Japan Society Film Blog

Midnight Eye: Visions of Japanese Cinema

A Short History of Japan

Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow

VCinema: Asian Cinema

Individual Articles/Chapters/Films/Videos/Audios:

"Akira Kurosawa." British Film Institute (Archive of Features)

Anderson, Sam. "The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami." The New York Times (10/23/2011)

Brown, Steven T. "Machinic Desires: Hans Bellmer's Dolls and the Technological Uncanny in Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence." Mechademia 3: Limits of the Human. ed. Frenchy Lunning. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008: 222-254.

Buchanan, Judith. "Cross-cultural Narrative Rhymes: The Shakespeare Films of Akira Kurosawa (Throne of Blood [1957], The Bad Sleep Well [1960], Ran [1985])." Shakespeare on Film NY: Pearson/Longman, 2005: 71-89. [Professor owns book -- ask for a copy of the essay]

Chaudhuri, Shohini. "East Asian Cinema." Contemporary World Cinema. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005: 93-114. [Book available in BCTC library]

Domenig, Roland. "Proud to Be Pink: A Brief History of Kokuei." Far East Film (2011)

Fisch, Michael. "Nation, War, and Japan’s Future in the Science Fiction Anime Film Patlabor II." Science Fiction Studies 27.1 (March 2000): 49-68.

Hogg, Trevor. "Drawn to Anime: A Hayao Miyazaki Profile." Flickering Myth (May 26, 2010)

---. "Epic Dreamer: An Akira Kurosawa Profile." Flickering Myth (March 24, 2010)

Hollings, Ken. "Tokyo Must Be Destroyed: Dreams of Tall Buildings and Monsters -- Images of Cities and Monuments." CTheory (originally published in Digital Delirium. ed. Arthur Kroker and Marilouise Kroker. NY: St. Martin's Press, 1997.)

Iyer, Pico. "The World Dreamed But Not Judged." The Marketplace of Ideas (August 10, 2011)

Macias, Patrick. "Yakuzathon!" VCinema (March 24, 2010)

Napier, Susan. "When the Machine Stops: Fantasy, Reality, and Terminal Identity in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Serial Experiments: Lain." Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction From Origins to Anime. ed. Christopher Bolton, et al. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press, 2007: 101-122.

Noriega, Chon. "Godzilla and the Japanese Nightmare: When Them! is U.S." Aisan Cinemas ed. Dimitris Eleftheriotis and Gary Needham. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2006: 41-55.

Orbaugh, Sharalyn. "Emotional Infectivity: Cyborg Affect and the Limits of the the Human." Mechademia 3: Limits of the Human. ed. Frenchy Lunning. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008: 150-172.

Richie, Donald. "Life in Japanese Film." FORA TV (April 21, 2009)

Tatsumi, Takayuki. "Generations and Controversies: An Overview of Japanese Science Fiction, 1957-1997." Science Fiction Studies 27.1 (2000)

Voss, Tobias. "Nuclear Blues." Japan Society (August 18, 2011)

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