JPNS 035/LITR 035J. Narratives of Disaster and Rebuilding in Japan
Also eligible for Asian Studies and Environmental Studies credit.
This course will explore documentary and fictional representations of the modern Japanese landscape and cityscape in crisis, with special attention to the role of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster as a catalyst for change in contemporary Japan. Documentaries and fictionalizations of the 2011 "triple disaster" reignited debates over cultural trauma and the ethics of representing disaster. Through the study of literature, film, and critical discourse, we will examine the historical and cultural implications of such famous 20 th Century disaster narratives as Godzilla and Japan Sinks, as well as the latest writing and films from Japan, in the context of public debates about safety, sustainability, and social change after the March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster. Readings and discussions will be in English.
The course is a part of the BMC 360 o course cluster "Perspectives on Sustainability: Disasters and Rebuilding in Japan." The final project for the 360˚ course cluster will involve an exhibition utilizing objects and texts in the Trico special collections and archives.
For more information, see:
Student-Curated Exhibit Archive: Disasters and Rebuilding in Japan: Perspectives and Testimonies from the Tri-Co Collection
Fall 2013. Gardner.