Friendship in Japan: A Cross-Cultural Inquiry
At first glance, friendship seems a natural and unproblematic part of the human experience, a product of our need to be understood and appreciated by another human being. But when we think of the various forms friendship takes in different cultures and time-periods, the reality of friendship becomes surprisingly complex. Drawing on representations in Japanese literature, film, and pop culture, this seminar will explore various friendship themes related to bridging differences in gender, age, ethnicity, and cultural heritage. Students will be able to present their favorite book or film on friendship to the class, and then share their own knowledge of how friendship is represented in other literary and cinematic traditions.