ASIAN 314 - Strange Ways: Literature of the Supernatural in Pre-modern Japan and China
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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What is the supernatural? In this course, we will look at the writings and art of pre-modern and early modern Japan and China to explore this question. In both countries, there is a rich and varied tradition of literature on the strange or supernatural that stretches back more than a millennium. But rarely, if ever, are these accounts solely about the ghosts, monsters, and foreigners they feature. In addition to making “good reading,” they also say something about the ideas and values of the societies that produced them. Our investigation will approach the question of the nature and meaning of “supernatural” from a variety of angles. In addition to familiarizing ourselves with the changing contexts of the supernatural, we will also use creative projects to produce our own art and literature of the strange as well as a comparative project to tie what we learn about the supernatural to our own lives and the world around us.

Course Requirements:

  1. Attendance & Participation: 30%
  2. Postings & Peer Responses: 30%
  3. Mid-term (Comparative) Project: 20%
  4. Final (Creative) Project: 20%

Intended Audience:

Sophomores through Seniors with an interest in Asian Studies

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly


ASIAN 314 - Strange Ways: Literature of the Supernatural in Pre-modern Japan and China
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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