Spring 2008 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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Medieval Buddhist-inspired texts on demons. Premodern theater pieces on Chinese themes. Short stories by the modern buraku writer Nakagami Kenji. Selections from SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: MODERN JAPANESE LITERATURE FROM OKINAWA. Director Yukisada Isao's film Go (2001), on "Korean residents" in Japan.
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In-class presentations, short response papers, midterm paper and a final paper.
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