Introduction to Japanese Culture (3)
Introduction to Japanese culture, past and
present. Explores some of the major themes in Japanese culture across areas of
art, religion, literature, and film. Themes include Shinto and Buddhism,
warrior culture, monsters and the supernatural, and war and disaster.
A-Bomb Literature and Film in Japan (3)
and discussion of fiction, poetry, and film by and about survivors of the 1945
U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, with emphasis on
problems of memory, representation, and redemption in a literature of trauma.
Premodern Japanese Literature in Translation (3)
Selected poetry and fiction from 700 to 1885. Major concerns
of the Japanese literary tradition and ideas and images of man, love, nature,
and time that have continued to influence Japanese culture.
Modern Japanese Literature in Translation (3)
Japanese literature from 1885 to the present. The influence
of Western cultural ideals on modern Japanese literature. Emphasis on the novel
as a literary form. Readings from Kawabata, Sőseki, Mishima, Akutagawa, and
Language and Society in Japan (3)
How language and society interact in contemporary Japan.
Sociolinguistic methods applied to various issues: honorific/humble forms,
language and gender, and conversation strategies.
Love, Honor, and Suicide in Japanese Literature (3)
Suicide as a theme in Japanese literature from the eighth
century to the present, with comparisons to the theme of suicide in Western
literature. Selected texts from Western literature read to gain a comparative
perspective. Films shown as well.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:332.
The Samurai Tradition in Japanese Literature and Film (3)
The samurai warrior as a focus of cultural and political
expression in Japanese literature and cinema. Supplementary readings of
secondary sources on samurai culture and thought.
Anime: Introduction to Japanese Animation (3)
Anime as an object of cultural, historical, and media
analysis. Development of Japanese animation from post-1945 to the present, with
special focus on examples from the 1980s onward. Utilizes a variety of
approaches to anime, including media theory, reception theory, issues of
globalization, and cross-cultural adaptation.
Japanese Film (3)
Japanese film in its cultural and historic contexts and as a
Japanese art form. Viewing and analysis of films by Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu,
Japanese Women Writers (3)
Fiction and poetry by Japanese women from the ninth century
to the present. Focus on women's early role in inventing and shaping literary
genres, and the reemergence of a feminine tradition in the 20th century.
Community and Difference in Japanese Literature and Film (3)
Charting and analyzing 20th-century filmic and literary
portrayals of what is "foreign" and "Japanese." Racialism,
ethnicity, sexuality, and gender in the Japanese arts.
Contemporary Japanese Literature and Film (3)
Examines the fictional representations (short stories,
novels, films) of contemporary Japan from the 1980s to the present.
Issues in Japanese Literature (3)
Variable content, focusing on important issues, texts, and genres in the Japanese literary tradition. May be taken more than once. Content
will differ each semester.
Seminar in Japanese Film (3)
Major directors, development of Japanese film genres, Japanese film studies in English-language scholarship, and relationship between
film and national identity.
Prerequisite: 01:565:350 or permission of instructor.
The Tale of Genji as World Literature (3)
The Tale of Genji in the context of world literature as
court romance, psychological novel, and feminist text. Extensive readings from
critical literature in English and discussion of issues of translation.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:475.
Seminar on Modern Japanese Literature (3)
Critical literary developments of modern Japan, from the late 19th century to the postwar period, with a close reading of literary texts. Particular attention paid to understanding various analytical frameworks, from historical to theoretical.
From Text to Image in Japanese Art (3)
Explores the profound influence of classical literature on the arts of Japan, especially painting. Analysis of the historical and literary
meaning of the literary works; investigation of the fusion of text and image.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:082:483.
Independent Study (3,3)
Independent reading under supervision of a member of the department.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and department.
Honors in Japanese (6,6)
Both semesters must be completed to receive credit.