Spring 2014 Class meets Tues & Thurs, 5:20 – 6:50 pm
Location: Gruening 306
Instructor: David Henry
Office: Gruening 612a
Office hours: Tues 11:30-12:30 and Thurs 2-3pm
Contact: email@example.com or 474-7128
Moving chronologically we will survey the first hundred years of Japanese animation, from the 1910s to the present day. Students will be become familiar with a variety of approaches to critically analyze animation, including film studies, narratology, gender studies approaches, reading anime as national allegory, etc. Conducted in English.
This class will survey the last century of Japanese animation, or anime, from the 1910s to the present day. Anime has become an increasing important presence both within Japanese and world culture and has been used to explore the broadest range possible of artistic and cultural questions. Many students are familiar with animation as entertainment and our purpose in this class will be to reintroduce them to this material through a critical lens. Four scholarly monographs, listed below in required readings, will be used to equip students with a rigorous framework to interpret Japanese animation from approaches including: historical, narratological, gender studies, psychoanalysis, etc. By the end of this course will have polished their ability to identify the key arguments of a scholarly monograph, describe this argument succinctly in writing, and to engage with that argument within the context of interpreting a specific work of animation.
Student Learning Outcomes
*Students will be able to place animation within a variety of contexts including national (Japanese culture as allegory), chronological and production related.
*Students will become proficient in demonstrating a range of critical methodologies to analyze animation including: gender studies, narratology, film studies approaches, psychoanalysis, etc.
*Students will be able to demonstrate critical approaches through four reading responses that show an ability to interpret a critical argument and respond to it.
Appropriate class behavior. You are welcome to bring a drink to class, as long as you clean up after yourself. Side conversations are not acceptable. I expect you to be courteous to classmates and professor at all times. Cell phones should be turned off, and I reserve the right to answer any phone that rings in class. If mine rings, you have the right to ridicule me.
Students with disabilities. UAF makes appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities who have been documented by the Office of Disability Services (208 Whitaker Building, 474--5655). Students with learning or other disabilities who may need classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to obtain the appropriate documentation if they do not have it. Please meet with me during office hours so that I can collaborate with the Office of Disability Services to provide the appropriate accommodations and supports to assist you in meeting the goals of the course.
Student support services. UAF is committed to equal opportunity for all students. Students who are the first in their families to attempt a four-year college degree, or students whose incomes are low, have opportunities for tutorial and other forms of support from the office of Student Support Services.Please make an appointment with Student Support Services in Gruening 514 or by phone at 474-6844.
Student code of conduct. As a UAF student, you are subject to UAF's Honor Code:
"Students will not collaborate on any quizzes, in-class exams, or take-home exams that will contribute to their grade in a course, unless permission is granted by the instructor of the course. Only those materials permitted by the instructor may be used to assist in quizzes and examinations.
Violations of the Honor Code will result in a failing grade for the assignment and, ordinarily, for the course in which the violation occurred. Moreover, violation of the Honor Code may result in suspension or expulsion." Tentative course schedule
Thursday 1/16 Course introduction, review syllabus, and “A Century of
Tuesday 1/21 Screening and Discussion: Early Japanese Animation, selected shorts (1910s-1930s)