ASIAN 311 - The Image of the Samurai
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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May not be repeated for credit.
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The samurai has gone global. Once a soldier and vassal, "samurai" can now mean anything from oriental predator to ghetto avenger. How did this happen? What is the history of the image of the samurai? This course starts in twelfth-century Japan and ends in the global present. Tracing how the image of the samurai developed over time, the course looks at warrior tales, illustrated scrolls, Noh plays and other drama, fiction, and film. We will balance the reality of samurai lives—as soldiers, bureaucrats, paupers—with what samurai meant culturally, politically, and philosophically. Along the way we will examine how Europeans and Americans saw the samurai, how people in Japan reacted, and how "samurai" finally became a transnational signifier.

Course Requirements:

Reading responses, paper, midterm and final exam.

Intended Audience:

Anyone interested in Japanese culture and history.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly.

ASIAN 311 - The Image of the Samurai
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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