CJS 451 - Topics in Japanese Studies
Section: 001 Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Twentieth-Century Japan
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Japanese Studies (CJS)
Department: LSA II: Japanese Studies
Waitlist Notes:
Student Services Coordinator, Center for Japanese Studies, 764-6307
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior/Senior or Graduate students.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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This seminar is intended for graduate students and motivated undergraduate students interested in modern Japanese history and gender. The course looks at the broad spectrum of gender performances and sexual identities expressed in Japanese society across the twentieth century, with a particular focus on post-war developments. Reading mainly first-person accounts and anthropological/sociological writings, we will try to construct a complex picture of the role sexual minorities have played in Japanese society since the late Meiji period. Rather than focusing on taken-for-granted or supposedly mainstream attitudes and discourses, we will look at a range of gendered positions and sexual practices that existed on the margins in order to better understand the co-construction of a characteristically Japanese ‘genderscape’. Requirements include regular attendance, reading, participation in class, class presentations of the reading material and two short papers. Graduate students will be required to complete additional research and writing in consultation with the instructor. Textbook: Mark McLelland, Katsuhiko Suganuma and James Welker (eds), Queer Voices from Japan: First-Person Narratives from Japan’s Sexual Minorities, Lanham: Lexington Press, 2007. You will also find purchasing copies of the following books useful: Mark McLelland, Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 and Mark McLelland and Romit Dasgupta (eds), Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Japan, London: Routledge, 2005. These readings will be supplemented by texts made available in library reserve and online.

CJS 451 - Topics in Japanese Studies
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001 (SEM)
Tu 2:30PM - 5:30PM
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