Faculty of Arts


Japanese Popular Culture since 1945

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for JAPANESE 241.


Examines post-1945 Japanese popular culture such as manga, anime, music and literature from the perspective of how they have dealt with issues such as national/cultural identity, "race", war memory, gender and globalisation. The historical and political context of each text and cultural practice is emphasised.

No knowledge of Japanese language required.

Learning Goals:

  • To gain basic knowledge of several key elements in post-war Japanese popular culture
  • To be able to explain ways in which post-war Japanese popular cultural materials have been shaped by their social and historical context
  • To demonstrate an ability to employ vocabulary, concepts and methods appropriate to the study of post-war Japanese popular culture
  • To identify and analyse ideological content of selected popular cultural texts via examination of their narrative and visual forms
  • To effectively compare and contrast different texts and artefacts around the common themes
  • Through reading, writing and class discussion, to formulate your own argument on post-war Japanese popular culture and their sociohistorical contexts
  • To effectively communicate your ideas orally and in writing
  • To develop appreciation of cultural forms other than one’s own

Availability 2020

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Rumi Sakamoto


JAPANESE 241: 15.0 points


45 points in BA courses



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