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Fall '00 Course Guide

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Courses in Asian Studies (Division 323)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

Open courses in Asian Studies

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Note: The Department Waitlist policy for all courses is 2 Go to the department office to get on a waitlist, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.


Asian St. 111/Hist. 151. Indian Civilization.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sumathi Ramaswamy (sumathi@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History 151.001.

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Asian St. 112/Hist. 152. Southeast Asian Civilization.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Victor Lieberman (eurasia@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

R&E Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History 152.001.

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Asian St. 121/Hist. 121. East Asia: Early Transformations.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Hitomi Tonomura (tomitono@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History 121.001.

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Asian St. 154(249)/Korean 150/Hist. 144. Introduction to Korean Civilization.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Henry Em (henryem@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/fall/lsa/korean/150/004.nsf

See Korean 150.001.

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Asian St. 220/Buddhist Studies 220/Rel. 202. Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert Sharf (rsharf@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to the study of Asian religions. We will consider representative material drawn from some of the major Asian traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, etc.), from ancient times down to the present day. The course, however, is not intended to be a comprehensive or systematic survey; rather than aiming at breadth, the course is designed around major conceptual themes, such as ritual, death, image veneration, mysticism, meditation, ancestor worship, religious violence, and so on. The overarching emphasis throughout the course will be on the hermeneutic difficulties attendant upon the study of religion in general, and Asian religious traditions in particular.

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Asian St. 224/S&SEA 224. Traditions of Poetry in India.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Peter Hook (pehook@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pehook/ssea250.html

Throughout readings and discussions this course introduces the student to six traditions of poetry in India:

  1. Vedic-Upanishadic mystic poetry;
  2. Tamil Sangam love poetry;
  3. classical Sanskrit and Prakrit court poetry;
  4. medieval devotional poetry;
  5. Urdu metaphysical poetry; and
  6. modern secular poetry.

We will read translation of selections from each of these six traditions, appraise them as sources of aesthetic enjoyment from our own points of view and where possible evaluate them in the context of their own place and time, and the student will come to know something of Indian aesthetic theories and the continually re-negotiated role of the poet in forming and transforming the ways in which people interpret their own life experience. Each student will introduce one of the poets whose work we will read. The course will require several short papers, at least two of which will be close readings and explanations of individual poems, and at least one other will compare notions of what makes poetry in India and the West. Translation and/or transcreation is an option for some of these assignments.

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Asian St. 225/S&SEA 225/Rel. 225. Hinduism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Madhav Deshpande (mmdesh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See South & Southeast Asia 225.001.

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Asian St. 245/Japanese 245/Film-Video 245. Anime.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mark Nornes (amnornes@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~amnornes/anime.html

In this course, we examine the history of Japanese animation and its relationship to the social, political, and economic transformations of the nation. Anime's roots are in 1930s children's films promoting the colonization of Asia, followed by propaganda films from World War II. In the postwar high-growth economy, animated films experience phenomenal transformation as they spread to television and eventually come to dominate both Japanese moving picture media. This spectacular growth is accompanied by an explosion in stylistic forms and delivery media (celluloid, television, video cassette, CD-ROM, and now the Internet and DVD). This course will approach the Japanese animated film by focusing on its articulations of cinematic categories (such as camera angles, acting, lighting, narrative space, special effects, adaptation, pornography and visual pleasure) and various historically and culturally specific categories of reception (fan culture, capitalism, crisis, modernity, the family, nationalism, transnationalism).

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Asian St. 252/Japanese 250. Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture.

Section 001 Reiterations: Filming Fiction in Japan.

Instructor(s): Ken Ito (kenkito@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Japanese language is required. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated with department permission.

First-Year Seminar, Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Well before Merchant Ivory came on the scene, Japanese film directors made a living turning well-loved novels into movies. Name a classic Japanese film, and you are likely to be dealing with an adaptation. This course examines the dynamics of reiteration in a culture known for its repeated adaptations of cultural materials. What are we saying when we designate one version as "original" and another as "adaptation"? What does "originality" mean in a culture that seems to be constantly rehashing old material? How does the change in medium affect the nature of what is told? In what ways do versions of a story reflect the ideologies of the times in which they are produced? These are the questions we will be asking in reference to the prior texts appropriated by such well-known directors as Kurosawa and Mizoguchi, and the films that resulted.

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Asian St. 263/Phil. 263/Chinese 263. Introduction to Chinese Philosophy.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Thorton Kline

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Philosophy 263.001.

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Asian St. 303/S&SEA 303/Rel. 303. Sikhism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Pashaura Singh (psingh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See South & Southeast Asia 303.001.

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Asian St. 375/Japanese 375. Japanese Popular Music.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Hugh De Ferranti (hbd@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Japanese 375.001.

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Asian St. 380. Topics in Asian Studies.

Section 001 The Art of China. Meets with History of Art 394.004

Instructor(s): Qiang Ning (qning@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~hartspc/histart/F2000/394-004.html

See History of Art 394.004.

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Asian St. 395. Honors Thesis.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Honors candidate in Asian Studies and permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). May be elected a total of four times. May be elected for a maximum of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Honors students in Asian Studies should use this course number for their Honors thesis, but will normally work with whatever faculty member is closest to the subject of the thesis.

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Asian St. 401/Japanese 401/Women's Studies 401. Writing Japanese Women.

Sections 002-004 may be elected to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.

Instructor(s): Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen (qmz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Japanese 401..

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Asian St. 461/S&SEA 461. Southeast Asian Literature.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nancy Florida (nflorida@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See South & Southeast Asia 461.001.

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Asian St. 471/Chinese 471. Classical Chinese Literature in Translation.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Rolston (drolston@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Chinese required. (3). (HU).

Upper-Level Writing Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Chinese 471.001.

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Asian St. 473/Korean 473/Hist. 473. Modern Korea.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Henry Em (henryem@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/fall/lsa/korean/473/001.nsf

See Korean 473.001.

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Asian St. 490. Topics in Japanese Studies.

Section 001 Musical Aspects of Japanese Noh Drama: an Ethnomusicological Approach.

Instructor(s): Takanori Fujita

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will focus on musical aspects of Noh, one of the Japanese classical theatre genres. Topics range from performance practice in chanting and instrumental playing to the meanings that musical practices carry in contemporary Japanese society. In parallel to this, we will reconsider such theoretical themes in ethnomusicology as musical terminology, redundancy and cueing, orality, notation, transmission, technology's impact, authenticity, revivals of tradition, historical consciousness, performance group membership, social identity, gender nationality, music and academic discourse, and patronage.

This course will also offer students a weekly lesson of Noh music. Students are expected not only to learn how to chant and play instruments but also to frame questions about style and the meanings of Noh practice, as if they were researchers. The weekly lesson is not designed only for this course's students, but will be open to all those who are interested in Noh.

All of the readings will be in English. Japanese language skill is not necessary for this course. Undergraduates must contact Hugh De Ferranti (hbd@umich.edu) for permission to register and an override.

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Asian St. 499. Independent Study-Directed Readings.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Directed readings or research in consultation with a member of the Asian Studies faculty.

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