ASIAN 300 - Love and Death in Japanese Culture
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
A knowledge of Japanese is not required.
May not be repeated for credit.
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How did experiences of love and death shape human relations and notions of beauty in premodern Japan? Using central existential questions of love, death, and beauty as thematic foci, this course examines what it meant to be human in premodern Japan. In the course of reading literature, both canonical and popular, we will analyze key concepts in Japanese cultural history that address issues of good and evil, truth, and the intersection of aesthetics and politics. We will explore various cultures—courtly, samurai, geisha—each with its own ethical and aesthetic codes. While focusing on literary texts, we will also incorporate secondary sources from criticism, history, religion, performance, as well as visual media like painting, calligraphy, and film.

Course Requirements:

10 short response papers, midterm and final reflection

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates with an interest in Asian culture

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

ASIAN 300 - Love and Death in Japanese Culture
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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