Literacy and Visual Cultures of Protest in Japan
East Asian Studies 215
An introduction to art and protest in Japan from mid-19th century to now, this course historicizes the engagements of literary and visual artists with civil society and social movements. What role did writers and filmmakers play in environmental movements centering on Minamata and Fukushima, antinuclear protest grounded in Hiroshima, and nationwide anti-Vietnam War, labor, and US military base protest? Theories of art and social change, feminism, and eco-criticism are lenses that inform our studies.