Aaron Gerow

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A. Whitney Griswold Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures and Film & Media Studies; Chair, East Asian Languages & Literatures
203-432-7082
Address: 
320 York St, Room 108, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
Film Studies; Japanese Modern Literature; Japanese Popular Culture; Japanese Television and Televisual Spectatorship; Japanese Film History and Recent Japanese Cinema
Region: 
Japan

Courses

EALL 252, EAST 251, FILM 446, LITR 384

Japanese Cinema before 1960

The history of Japanese cinema to 1960, including the social, cultural, and industrial backgrounds to its development. Periods covered include the silent era, the coming of sound and the wartime period, the occupation era, the golden age of the 1950s, and the new modernism of the late 1950s.

Term: Spring 2023
Day/Time: M,W 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM
EALL 280, EAST 260, FILM 307

East Asian Martial Arts Film

The martial arts film has not only been a central genre for many East Asian cinemas, it has been the cinematic form that has most defined those cinemas for others. Domestically, martial arts films have served to promote the nation, while on the international arena, they have been one of the primary conduits of transnational cinematic interaction, as kung-fu or samurai films have influenced films inside and outside East Asia, from The Matrix to Kill Bill. Martial arts cinema has become a crucial means for thinking through such issues as nation, ethnicity, history, East vs. West, the body, gender, sexuality, stardom, industry, spirituality, philosophy, and mediality, from modernity to postmodernity. It is thus not surprising that martial arts films have also attracted some of the world’s best filmmakers, ranging from Kurosawa Akira to Wong Kar Wai. This course focuses on films from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea—as well as on works from other countries influenced by them—covering such martial arts genres such as the samurai film, kung-fu, karate, wuxia, and related historical epics. It provides a historical survey of each nation and genre, while connecting them to other genres, countries, and media.

Term: Fall 2022
Day/Time: MW 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM, Day/Time: Screenings T 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
EALL 552, EAST 581, FILM 881

Japanese Cinema before 1960

The history of Japanese cinema to 1960, including the social, cultural, and industrial backgrounds to its development. Periods covered include the silent era, the coming of sound and the wartime period, the occupation era, the golden age of the 1950s, and the new modernism of the late 1950s.

Term: Spring 2023
Day/Time: MW 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM
EALL 893, FILM 893

Japanese Comedy

Survey of the history of Japanese comedy, focusing on humor in Japanese performance, literature, cinema, television, and other media, and analyzing its socio-cultural and ideological implications over time. The seminar will concentrate on the Meiji period on, though it will cover some of the history before that. 

Term: Fall 2022
Day/Time: T 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM