Fall 2006 not offered
This class will examine various types of texts throughout Japanese history that categorize groups or individuals as being different from the "main" culture of Japan. We will also explore texts attributed to these "othered" groups. Examples will range from early medieval discussions of demons, theatrical representations of China, Okinawan and Ainu literature, views on Christianity in the early modern period, to a modern burakumin writer. The questions we will explore include: how do texts identify and ascribe "otherness"? What is the relationship between the formation of such "otherness" and the establishment of a "Japanese identity"?
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
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