Fall SemesterFT 06-A Japan and Science Fiction
Thomas P. Campbell III, Department of English
Japanese culture is of tremendous interest right now among American students. The tutorial examines one aspect of this cultural fascination by looking at Science Fiction which has either been produced in Japan or uses Japanese settings and ideas. From short stories and novels to animé and feature films, there are many different genres which can be studied. In our tutorial, we will be reading short stories and novels by both Japanese and American authors, as well as viewing several movies. Authors will include Sakyo Komatsu, Kobo Abe, Haruki Murakami, Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, and Neal Stephenson. Films will include animé such as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, and Metropolis ; as well as feature films such as Blade Runner, The Matrix, and Tetsuo, The Iron Man. Students will be asked to present team reports on readings; to write analyses of films; and to compose their own project linking Japan and Science Fiction. No previous knowledge of Japanese or of Science Fiction is required!