Dr. Shusuke Yagi
Professor and Chair of the Department of Asian Studies
Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures
Professor of Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Transdisciplinary Studies
  • Religion
  • Japanese Literature
  • Literary Theory
  • Myths and Folklore
  • Non-Western Episteme
  • Self-organizing Systems
  • Political Ideology and Kingship
  • Cosmology
  • Philosophy of Sciences
  • Psychological Anthropology

Film Studies Courses

ANT 204 Understanding Modern Japanese Society through Films

Survey of various facets of modern Japanese society and culture, including family, community, ethnicity, life cycle, education, gender, religion, work, popular culture, as well as cultural aspects of economic and political systems through readings and films.

ANT 205 Japanese Popular Culture

An introduction to contemporary popular Japanese culture that has become globally popular, including Japanese animated films, Manga cartoon, video games, Cosplay (costume play enactment of video game and anime characters), J-Pop music, and karaoke. Through watching, listening, selected readings, and discussion, issues of gender, cultural identity, sexuality, technology, hybridity, and globalization will be addressed.

JPN 225 Japanese Cinema

Survey of Japanese cinema from its beginning in 1897 to the present day. Topics include film history, the main film genres including movie sub-genres and ethnographic and other documentaries, directors, Japanese film theories and criticisms. All readings and lectures are in English and all films will be subtitled in English.

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