ASIAN 252 - Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture
Section: 001 Fantasizing Japan
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
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Advisory Prerequisites:
No knowledge of Japanese language is required.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Japan, Japanese people, and Japanese things occupy a surprisingly central place in many personal and collective fantasies. From anime characters to misconceptions about samurai, Japanese goods and ideas exert important influence far beyond Japan. At the same time, fantasies within contemporary Japan tell us about current social debates and possibilities. Exploring both common fantasy images and more complicated realities, occurring within and beyond Japan, this seminar investigates the social effects of such fantasizing. Engaging theories about orientalism, exoticism, fantasy, and the relationship between race and gender, we examine a range of readings and films.

Course Requirements:

Regular writing assignments, two papers, and participation in discussions

Intended Audience:

No knowledge of Japanese language, history, or culture is necessary, although those with particular interests are welcome to engage them critically

Class Format:

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ASIAN 252 - Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0804798540
Staged Seduction: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club, Author: Akiko Takeyama, Publisher: Stanford 2016
ISBN: 9780679772620
The secrets of Mariko : a year in the life of a Japanese woman and her family, Author: by Elisabeth Bumiller., Publisher: Vintage 1st Vintag 1996
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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