From Anima to Anime is an introductory level course designed to familiarize students with key concepts and issues surrounding animated media in East Asia. It is by no means an exhaustive survey of the region’s national animation traditions, be that of Japan, Korea, or Greater China. Rather, this course takes an emphatically transnational approach, exploring the premise that animation serves as an important site where national forms, traditional materials and techniques, converge with powerful currents of internationalism and modernism. Attention will be paid to the modes of shared cultural, aesthetic, and technological norms that converge in the ongoing definition of a “regional” animated media. In addition, we will examine how East Asian animation has given rise to significant global trends; including developments in mass media communication, franchising, adaptation, youth culture, consumption and fandom, as well as modes of play and mediated self-expression.
- Grading Basis: Letter Grade or Credit/No Credit