ASIAN 252 - Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture
Section: 001 Japanese Encounter with the West
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
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.

Course Requirements:

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

Intended Audience:

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Class Format:

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ASIAN 252 - Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780800871864
Silence, Author: Endo?, Shu?saku, 1923-1996., Publisher: Taplinger Pub. Co 1980
ISBN: 9780394536637
Naomi, Author: Tanizaki, Jun?ichiro?, 1886-1965., Publisher: Knopf 1985
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 4805306653
In praise of shadows, Author: Tanizaki, Jun?ichiro?, 1886-1965., Publisher: Tuttle Publ 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780520045095
They came to Japan : an anthology of European reports on Japan, 1543-1640, Publisher: University of California Press 1981
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781568360287
As we saw them : the first Japanese Embassy to the United States, Author: Miyoshi, Masao., Publisher: Kodansha International 1994
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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: http://sit
Japanamerica how Japanese pop culture has invaded the U.S., Author: Kelts, Roland., Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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