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Swarthmore College    
College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  Jan 20, 2018
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

JPNS 035. Narratives of Disaster and Rebuilding in Japan

(Cross-listed as LITR 035J   and ENVS 051 
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 20th-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 discussion will be in English.
1 credit.
Eligible for ASIA, ENVS
Fall 2017. Gardner.
Catalog chapter: Modern Languages and Literatures: Japanese  
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