ASIAN 252 - Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture
Section: 001 Japanese Encounter with the West
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
No knowledge of Japanese language is required.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will focus on the various phases of Japan's encounter with the West from the 16th-century introduction of Christianity to the mid-19th century opening to Western trade and institutions, and the American occupation after WWII. We will examine the shifting representations of the West in the Japanese imagination, for example, as object of aspiration and identification, as "barbarian" enemy and rival, protective father-figure, space of erotic fantasy, and so on. In sum, what roles has "the West" played as the Other in the ongoing project of Japanese self-definition, and why?

Readings will include both contemporary fiction and cultural studies materials.

Requirements: discussions, four two-page essays, and a final paper.

ASIAN 252 - Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780300063240
Japan encounters the barbarian : Japanese travellers in America and Europe, Author: Beasley, W. G. (William G.), 1919-2006., Publisher: Yale University Press 1995
ISBN: 9780800871864
Silence, Author: Endo?, Shu?saku, 1923-1996., Publisher: Taplinger Pub. Co 1980
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780520037670
As we saw them : the first Japanese Embassy to the United States (1860), Author: Miyoshi, Masao., Publisher: University of California Press 1979
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780394536637
Naomi, Author: Tanizaki, Jun?ichiro?, 1886-1965., Publisher: Knopf 1985
ISBN: 9780393046861
Embracing defeat : Japan in the wake of World War II, Author: Dower, John W., Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co 1999
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0939512734
They came to Japan : an anthology of European reports on Japan, 1543-1640, Author: edited by Michael Cooper., Publisher: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan 1995
ISBN: 0918172020
In praise of shadows, Author: Tanizaki, Jun?ichiro?, 1886-1965., Publisher: Leete's Island Books 1977
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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