ANTHRCUL 356 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
Section: 001 Japanese Language, Gender and Sexuality
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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This course examines how Japanese language has played an important role in the development of language and gender studies, both theoretically and empirically. It historicizes and contexualizes the development of ‘Japanese women’s language,’ a much-studied and misunderstood topic, as part of wider Japanese gender ideology. Among the topics covered are:

  1. cultural ideologies in Japanese language and gender studies;
  2. the role of language in the social construction of gender and sexual identities;
  3. gendered norms for language use; and
  4. sexual orientation and linguistic expression.

This course challenges students to ask questions about the way gender and sexuality are expressed in Japanese language;

  • What is ‘women’s language’?
  • How has the notion of women’s language been developed?
  • How does language shape our experience and understanding of gender and gender difference?
  • How are sexuality and sexual desire expressed in language?
  • How do queer speakers negotiate their sexual identities through linguistic practices?
  • How do children learn and resist gendered language?
  • What are the cultural definitions of “masculinity” and “femininity” and their relationship to language use in Japanese context?

All readings are in English.

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ANTHRCUL 356 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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