HJAA00671U History of Music in Japan from the Mid-Nineteenth Century
The 2007 Curriculum for the Elective Studies in Japanese studies
The enforced opening of Japan in the 1850s and the modernization
policies pursued by the Meiji government after 1868 brought
profound changes to the practice of music in Japan. Western music
was introduced and disseminated through the military and the
education system as well as through missionaries. The practice of
indigenous Japanese music also changed profoundly as a result of
government policies and social and economic changes. In the course
of the 20th century developments like the development of
mass media (gramophone, film, radio broadcasting) and the emergence
of an urban consumer society brought further changes in musical
This course will look at the most important developments in the history of music in Japan. Themes and possible topics for student assignments will include the different genres of traditional music of Japan, the introduction of Western music in Japan, including popular forms such as jazz and tango, the development of popular songs, music and the emerging middle classes, the search for a “Japanese style” of music etc. In part, the topics treated in class may be selected according to students’ interest and students are encouraged to contact me in advance to discuss these.
Questions of theory and methodology will also be included, and one of the main aims of the course will be to learn what the history of music can contribute to our knowledge of the past in general.
Japansk realia 1 (fagelementkode HJAB00671E)
Japansk realia 2 (fagelementkode HJAB00731E)
Japansk realia 3 (fagelementkode HJAB00761E)
BA tilvalg 2007-ordning:
Japansk realia A (fagelementkode HJAB10041E)
Japansk realia B (fagelementkode HJAB10071E)
George, Mary W. 2009. The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student
Details to be announced. Required introductory readings
If you have not yet done so, please read before the course starts:
Gordon, Andrew. A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present: Oxford University Press, 2009 (2003).
Cook, Nicholas. Music: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Wade, Bonnie C. Music in Japan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
It is also advisable to read an introduction to the study of history, such as:
Jordanova, Ludmilla. 2006. History in Practice (2nd ed.), London: Hodder Arnold.Kjeldstadli, Knut. 2002 Fortiden er ikke hvad den har været: en indføring i historiefaget, Frederiksberg: Roskilde Universitets Forlag.
- 15 ECTS
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