Japanese Literature and Cinema

A photo of older movie posters outside of a wooden building.

A cinema in Ponto-cho (a neighborhood in Kyoto) displays old movie posters outside. The building itself is of a more traditional style—something for which Ponto-cho is famous. (Photo courtesy of sejunco on Flickr. CC-BY-NC-SA.)


MIT Course Number

21F.065 / 21A.142 / 21F.593

As Taught In

Fall 2013


Undergraduate / Graduate

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This course surveys both cinematic and literary representations of diverse eras and aspects of Japanese culture such as the classical era, the samurai age, wartime Japan and the atomic bombings, social change in the postwar period, and the appropriation of foreign cultural themes, with an emphasis on the modern period. Directors include Akira Kurosawa and Hiroshi Teshigahara. Authors include Kobo Abe and Yukio Mishima. Films shown have subtitles in English. Taught in English.

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Condry, Ian. 21F.065 Japanese Literature and Cinema, Fall 2013. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/foreign-languages-and-literatures/21f-065-japanese-literature-and-cinema-fall-2013 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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