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現在位置: ホーム ja シラバス(2020年度) 文学研究科 英語授業 JK26001Research 1~3-Seminar (SEG/VMC)(Colloquium)

JK26001Research 1~3-Seminar (SEG/VMC)(Colloquium)

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科目ナンバリング
  • G-LET36 7JK26 SE36
開講年度・開講期 2020・後期
単位数 2 単位
授業形態 演習
配当学年 1回生以上
対象学生 大学院生
使用言語 英語
曜時限 水3
教員
  • Bjorn-Ole Kamm(文学研究科 講師)
授業の概要・目的 With the spread of manga and anime around the world, many have adopted the Japanese term 'otaku' to identify fans of such media. The connection to manga and anime may seem straightforward, but, when taken for granted, often serves to obscure the debates within and around media fandom in Japan.
This course questions the naturalization and trivialization of 'otaku' by examining the historical contingency of the term as a way to identify and contain problematic youth, consumers and fan cultures in Japan. It explores key moments in the evolving discourse of 'otaku' in Japan. Rather than presenting a smooth, triumphant narrative of the transition of a subculture to the mainstream, the course repositions 'otaku' in specific historical, social and economic contexts, providing new insights into the significance of the 'otaku' phenomenon in Japan and the world and offering a new perspective in form of theories of labelling.


Study Focus: Society, Economy and Governance; Visual, Media and Material Culture.
Modules: Mobility & Research 1; Mobility & Research 2; Research 3.
到達目標 By going back to original Japanese documents and translated key contributions by Japanese scholars and seeking sustained analysis of these documents and scholars, the course provides students with alternative histories of and approaches to 'otaku'. In regard to contemporary Japan and the history of Japanese fan and consumer cultures, this course will be a foundation for understanding how 'otaku', at different places and times and to different people, is meaningful. As a new perspective for ‘otaku studies,’ students will learn the theoretical foundations and methodological application of a modified labelling approach. Lastly, they will practice the writing of book reviews.
授業計画と内容 IMPORTANT・重要: The course will be offered Wednesday evenings (from 18:15) and is online only (please go to PandA for the Zoom link). Course sessions will be held in accordance with the following general structure. A detailed plan for each class will be determined depending on the number of and the feedback from the participants, and will be announced in class. Student presentations may be organized as block sessions or as videos on demand followed by discussion.

(1) Introduction [2 weeks]
After questioning students on their understanding of ‘otaku,’ they will learn about past and present approaches to the research of ‘otaku.’ Students will further be provided with guidelines for class preparation and exercises.
(2) Section 1: The 1980s [3 weeks]
The first section deals with the origin stories of the ‘otaku,’ such as an anxiety about failed men, a column in the niche magazine Manga Burikko, and the Miyazaki Incident of 1989.
(3) Section 2: The 1990s [2 weeks]
Focusing on subjectivity and fantasy, this section centres on the tensions in Otaku no Video and the publications by the ‘otaku-king,’ Okada Toshio, who sought to remedy a negative ‘otaku’ image.
(4) Section 3: The 2000s [4 weeks]
The new millennium is often framed as the mainstreaming of ‘otaku,’ through, for example, the TV drama Densha Otoko, or Akihabara as a new place-brand. In this decade the ‘otaku’ are at same time declared dead, however.
(5) Section 4: The Future [2 weeks]
The last section offers new approaches to the study of ‘otaku’, such as labelling, and focuses on the debate about the possibilities for ‘otaku studies.’
(6) Review and Feedback [2 weeks]
成績評価の方法・観点 All students: Readings and presentation (60%), essays (20%), active participation (20%).
BA students: Book review (counting 30% of the overall grade). For a full seminar (8 ECTS): Book review plus in-depth review of one chapter (counting 30% of the overall grade).
履修要件 特になし
授業外学習(予習・復習)等 Regular homework as well as exercises will play an important role in this course. Participants need to prepare one reading before each class session and are asked to write short comprehension essays afterwards, both of which will require at least one hour. Participants present at least one topic in class, which also necessitates preparation out of class.
教科書
  • Galbraith, Patrick W., Thiam Huat Kam, and Bjorn-Ole Kamm『Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan: Historical Perspectives and New Horizons』(Bloomsbury Academic) ISBN:9781472594976 (Excerpts will be provided in class.)
参考書等
  • 授業中に紹介する
  • The course materials as well as lecture slides will be made available via the course webpage.