Samurai: Imagining, Performing Japanese Identity|
Fall 2021 not offered
Among conventional images of Japan, the samurai still allures. This course examines the history of samurai and its myths to consider why it remains so popular, and what that says about the values, fantasies, and anxieties not only of Japan past and present, but also of the West. Through historical studies, literature, and film, the course discusses such themes as orientalism, sexuality and gender, nationalism, and samurai as postwar critiques of society.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Lit&Cult)
Readings and films include works such as: THE TALE OF THE HEIKE; Ihara Saikaku, THE GREAT MIRROR OF MALE LOVE; Nitobe Inazo, BUSHIDO; Akira Kurosawa, SEVEN SAMURAI; Mishima Yukio, PATRIOTISM; Kobayashi Masaaki, HARAKIRI; Edward Zwick, THE LAST SAMURAI.
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