ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 001 Secular Enchantments: Technology and Modernity in the Asia-Pacific
Term: WN 2013
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Graduate Standing
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This course will examine the effects of the introduction and invention of certain technologies in the Asia-Pacific region, from the early nineteenth to late twentieth centuries. We will learn about how technologies such as electricity, the gramophone, photography, and cartography were created within or adapted to a particular Asian locale, and examine the pre-existing modes of mediation and representation that facilitated—and often uncannily anticipated—these technologies’ invention or arrival. We will also critically examine the ways in which these technologies reshaped forms of social life and political authority, transformed perceptions of space, time, and presence, and in many cases, precipitated the emergence of ideas about cultural “tradition” and “authenticity” as that which would disappear with the spread of modern media and machines.

ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
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001 (SEM)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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ISBN: 0520059298
The railway journey : the industrialization of time and space in the 19th century, Author: Wolfgang Schivelbusch., Publisher: University of California Press [Paperback 1987
ISBN: 0520203542
Disenchanted night : the industrialization of light in the nineteenth century, Author: Wolfgang Schivelbusch ; translated from the German by Angela Davies., Publisher: University of California Press 1st pbk. p 1995
ISBN: 0918172020
In praise of shadows, Author: Jun?ichir? Tanizaki ; foreword by Charles Moore ; afterword by Thomas J. Harper ; translated by Thomas J. Harper and Edward G. Seidensticker., Publisher: Leete's Island Books 1977
ISBN: 0822346117
Refracted Visions. ; Popular Photography and National Modernity in Java., Author: Karen Strassler., Publisher: Duke University Press 2010
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