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A Monster History of Japan, from Kojiki to Godzilla

EAS 345/HIS 246

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This class introduces students to the tradition of monstrous imagination in Japanese history, from the earlier texts of the 8th century to the most recent films. Students will be exposed to a vast array of sources depicting different monstrous creatures. Monsters will function as the meaning-making devises through which students will understand different aspects of Japanese culture through twelve centuries of its history. Far from being simply figures of imaginations, the vast coterie of monstrous creatures and phenomena 'interacted' in very concrete ways with people, influencing their political, economic, and social life.
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Section L01

  • Type: Lecture
  • Section: L01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 35
  • Capacity: 40
  • Class Number: 22144
  • Schedule: TTh 03:00 PM-04:20 PM