This course aims to consider topics in modern and contemporary (understood as post-War) Japanese society through the lens of musical expression. By attending to specific instances of musical expression in modern and contemporary Japan, we will strive to understand not only the songs themselves but the contexts within which they were produced. This course aims to take music not merely as an object of study/analysis but as a means by which we might both critique and build upon the discipline of Japanese studies and area studies in general.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS-Lang/Lit/F)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
There are no assigned textbooks for this course. Readings will consist of articles and book chapters (1~2 per session), and will address topics in Japanese history and musical expression, as well as topics in area studies, ethnomusicology, and so on. These will be furnished to students in PDF format. Students are responsible for all readings. Refer to course syllabus for comprehensive list of readings.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Reflection/reaction papers, in-class presentation, final research project proposal
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Japanese language ability is helpful but not required. Students will be required to listen to and comment upon Japanese songs. Listening must be done before class meetings, in preparation for discussion. Translated lyrics will be provided by the instructor.
|Instructor(s): Aalgaard,Scott W. Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:40PM; Location: FISK210; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|