East Asian Languages and Cultures | Tokyo: History and Culture
E350 | 1485 | Keirstead


In this course, we'll explore the city of Edo-Tokyo over the past
four centuries, from its inauspicious beginnings in the swamps and
marshes to its contemporary incarnation as a global city, a hub of
transnational finance and culture. We'll roam its streets and
alleyways, sampling its notorious places and popular attractions.
We'll investigate how people have lived and worked and played in the
city, and we'll look at how they've tried to make sense of the
megalopolis. Our framework will be historical, but our texts will be
diverse--buildings, maps, screen paintings, prints, photographs,
film, novels. Occasional quizzes, periodic essays, and a take-home
final exam.