Fall 2011 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"?
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
This course asks students to interpret and think critically about texts in various media -- ranging from fiction and film to documentary and ethnography -- and to express their interpretations through both speaking and writing. Furthermore, these texts will allow us to consider, in an analogous manner, the relationship between Japan and its historical "others," and our current context (that is, the U.S. and its "others").
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS)(CEAS-Lang/Lit/F)
Kenji Nakagami, _The Cape and Other Stories from the Japanese Ghetto._
noh "warrior ghost" plays
Chikamatsu Monzaemon, "The Battles of Coxinga" (a bunraku play)
Selections of Okinawan literature
Princess Mononoke (animated film)
Honda Katsuichi, _Harukor: An Ainu Woman┐s Tale_
Melissa Wender, _Lamentation as History_
|Examination and Assignments: |
┐ two analytical papers, 5 ~7 pages in length
┐ two journal submissions
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Each student will be expected to serve as the discussion leader for at least one class session.
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