ASIAN 558 - Bodies and Boundaries in Premodern Japan
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Minimum three years of modern Japanese or permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In this graduate seminar we will survey a range of examples of ill, bestial, godly, demonic, impure, and sublime bodies, as well as bodies that seem to elide normative categories of class, gender, race, and species. This seminar attempts to answer some deceptively simple questions: What is a body? What can it do? And how does it move within a premodern Japanese context? Taking these basic questions as our point of departure, we will ask, How are bodies defined and portrayed in the premodern Japanese cultural sphere and what sorts of work do they perform? How should we understand concepts like “freedom” and “transgression” in the context of premodern Japanese cultural production and performance? And how do bodily limits ossify or shift over time.

Course Requirements:

Reading knowledge of modern Japanese required. Some training in classical Japanese helpful but not necessary.

Intended Audience:

Graduate students in Japanese studies

Class Format:

One 3-hour seminar weekly

ASIAN 558 - Bodies and Boundaries in Premodern Japan
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001 (SEM)
M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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