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Section 11 Course Description

Course Name: Anime and Memory
Section 11
Instructor: Wei Lin

This course will examine the theme of memory in anime, a dynamic form of popular art and culture in modern Japan. We will introduce the major anime genres and explore some important artists/directors and their works. Through a visual and thematic analysis of these works, we will discuss memory, both personal and public, as it is articulated in anime; we will further investigate different ways in which these anime productions speak for the past in the present with individual and collective voices. The memory theme will be addressed with reference to Japanese history as well as to Japanese aesthetic principles and cultural values.