Avant Garde in Japanese Culture
East Asian Studies 322 or East Asian Studies 245
This course explores the avant-garde in Japan’s literary and visual cultures (19th century to the present). What was considered aesthetic and ideological innovation in cultural production in times of radical change and of relative stability? We will also examine the role of avant-garde art and political activism in elite, mid-brow, and mass culture, and in nation building. This class uses cultural theory and comparative analyses of gender and class. Taught in English.