Course Name: The World of Manga and Anime
Instructor: Wei Lin
This course will examine the development of manga and anime (or Japanese comics and animation), dynamic forms of popular art and culture in modern Japan. We will introduce different genres of manga and anime as well as investigate important artists, directors and their works. In addition to their distinctive visual aspects, our discussion will focus on a diverse range of themes presented in these works, such as fantastic tales, historical stories and science fiction. The aesthetic and thematic features will be addressed with reference to Japanese history, aesthetic principles and cultural values. Special attention will be given to the relationships and differences between Japanese and Western comics and animation as we explore the impact of manga and anime on modern society and art world.