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Fall '00 Course Guide

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Courses in Japanese (Division 401)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

Open courses in Japanese

Wolverine Access Subject listing for JAPANESE

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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.

Students wanting to begin language study, at a level other than first year, must take a placement exam to be held on Tuesday, September 5, 1-3 p.m.

The room assignments are as follows:

Chinese 3520 FB
Japanese Lec Rm 2 MLB
Korean Lec Rm 1 MLB

Students wanting to be tested in any of the other languages we teach (Hindi, Thai, Tamil, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Tagalog, Punjabi, Urdu, Tibetan) should contact the department to schedule an individual test. The same is true for students who want to be tested in a language we do not teach, but can certify (Gujarathi, Marathi).


Japanese 101. Beginning Japanese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Misao Kozuka (misakozu@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Native or near-native speakers of Japanese are not eligible for this course.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($7) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The goal of the course is the simultaneous progression of four skills (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) as well as becoming familiar with aspects of Japanese culture which are necessary for language competency. Recitation sessions are conducted in Japanese emphasizing speaking/reading in Japanese contexts at normal speeds. Analyses, explanations, and discussions involving the use of English are specifically reserved for lectures. It is expected that, by the end of the year, students will have basic speaking and listening comprehension skills, a solid grasp of basic grammar, reading and writing skills in Hiragana and Katakana, and will be able to recognize and produce approximately 140 Kanji in context. Texts: Situational Functional Japanese Vol. 1-2. Tokyo: Tsukuba Language Group, 1991.

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Japanese 201. Second-Year Japanese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Mayumi Johnson (yukijohn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 102. Native or near-native speakers of Japanese are not eligible for this course.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($9) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/japanese/J20x/index.html

Further training is given in all four language skills (speaking, reading, listening, and writing) for students who have acquired a basic language proficiency. The introduction to basic Japanese grammar items will be completed around the 4th week of the second term of 2nd-year Japanese. The aim of the oral component is to provide the student with the speaking and comprehension skills necessary to function effectively in more advanced practical situations in a Japanese-speaking environment. In the reading and writing component, emphasis is on reading elementary texts, developing an expository style, and writing short answers/essays in response to questions about these texts. Approximately 500 of the essential characters are covered. Discussions on the social and cultural use of language are provided through various video tapes. Students are required to attend five hours of class per week: two hours of lecture and three hours of recitation. Recitation sessions emphasize speaking/reading in Japanese at normal speed with near-native pronunciation, accent, and appropriate body language and are conducted entirely in Japanese. Analyses, explanations, and discussions involving the use of English are reserved for lectures. Texts: Situational Functional Japanese Vol. 2-3. Tokyo: Tsukuba Language Group, 1991.

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Japanese 225. Calligraphy.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Masae Suzuki

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 101. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of three credits.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/japanese/JPN225/index.html

The goals of the course are to help you learn how to practice Japanese calligraphy and cultivate your mind through the practice. Six subjects, including Kanji and Hiragana, will be introduced with the focus on basic skills such as the manner of using brushes, balancing characters, etc. Throughout the course, students will work on clarity of thought throughout the writing of characters in a tranquil setting, concentrating on maintaining correct posture and behavior throughout the writing process.

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

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

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

See Asian Studies 245.001.

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

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

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.

See Asian Studies 252.001.

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Japanese 375/Asian Studies 375. Japanese Popular Music.

Language Courses

Section 001 From Bushi to Boredoms

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

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will deal with both historical and contemporary forms of popular music in Japan. Amateur and professional music-making and various kinds of discourse about music (in translation) will be treated as resources for thinking about the culture of the populace and ways in which it has been distinct from the "high" culture of Japan's elites. Using theoretical frameworks appropriate for the study of Japanese performance culture, we will first study the texts, music styles, and performance contexts of popular music and dance genres from several periods of Japanese history prior to the modern era. We will then consider representative forms of twentieth-century popular music, such as naniwa-bushi, enka, kayôkyoku, kurashikku (popular "classical" music), idol pop, karaoke singing, Japanese jazz, rock, punk, and rap. Issues that will be addressed in relation to these examples include: identification of historically-specific characteristics and culturally-based continuities; musicians' deployment of indigenous and non-indigenous musical traits; the nature of the music world and the musical profession in Japanese society; the sociohistorical evidence of song lyrics and performance styles; and the recording industry and its role in the production of "mainstream" and "marginal" music styles and sub-cultures.

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Japanese 391. Honors Course in Japanese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the department. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Directed readings aimed at the writing of analytical papers and/or the Honors thesis.

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Japanese 393. Honors Course in Japanese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the department. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Directed readings aimed at the writing of analytical papers and/or the Honors thesis.

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Japanese 399. Directed Reading.

Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the department. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Individual work and directed reading for undergraduate concentrators. Must be arranged with an instructor.

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

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Sections 001 through 004 meet 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.

This is a course on writing by and about women women's self-representation and men's representations of women in Japanese culture. It begins by a feminist reading of one of the world's oldest (9th-11th c.) traditions of women's writing: the memoirs, poetry, and fiction of the Heian court ladies who produced the country's first canonical literature and permanently marked its cultural self-image. It moves on to examine the semiotics of the feminine in Japanese culture using the popular image of women (including the Heian authors and their works) in medieval didactic and gothic tales; in the narrative painting scrolls; in the No and Kabuki stage, where male actors performed the "quintessentially feminine" to admiring audiences; in wood-block prints of "beauties" (courtesans or geisha) and stories of "amorous women" in the thriving new merchant culture. The third section focuses on modern women's writing, in particular its resistance to the intervening representations of the feminine and its own productive rereading of the Heian "mothers" in the process of reviving women's ancient place in the critical representation of Japanese society. Along with primary sources in literature and the visual arts, secondary sources will include theoretical readings in the psychology of sex, love, and death by Freud, Kristeva, Lacan, and Bataille; in the field of cultural production by Bourdieu; in feminist theories of reading in the Anglo-American academy.

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Japanese 405. Third-Year Japanese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Shoko Emori (semori@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 202 or 362. Native or near-native speakers of Japanese are not eligible for this course.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($9) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/japanese/J3rd/index.html

This course is designed for students who have completed Japanese 202 with a grade of C- or better or have passed the placement test. The course consists of lecture and recitation classes. Developing reading skills is the main focus of the lectures. Reading materials are selected from the textbook. In association with the reading materials, complex sentences will be analyzed in terms of basic grammar, new vocabulary and expressions will be acquired, and you will be introduced to numerous aspects of Japanese culture. In recitation, the focus is placed on exchanging thoughts and opinions after practicing the use of new and old expressions, vocabulary, and grammatical patterns that are related to the reading materials. Most writing and listening exercises will be done outside of class through homework. Text: An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese. Tokyo: Japan Times, 1997.

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Japanese 416. Communicative Competence for Japan-Oriented Careers.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Yashiro Omoto (yomoto@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 406, 411; and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/japanese/J4th_bus/416.html

Commonly known as Business Japanese, this course stresses the effective use of the Japanese spoken language in contexts likely to be encountered by a career-oriented professional in Japan. Topics include: Organization, Business Travel, Meetings, Bureaucracy, Distribution, Expansion, Annual Reports, Business Ritual and Socializing. In addition, the course will include practice in rapid reading and transcription/dictation of moderately difficult texts, newspaper articles, and news broadcasts. Students are expected to practice with audio tapes for a minimum of two hours for each class hour. Since this is a late addition to the course guide, the days and times of this class are currently listed "to be arranged". There will be an organizational meeting the first week of school to decide on a meeting time.

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Japanese 451. Fourth-Year Japanese I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Misao Kozuka (misakozu@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 406. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The goal of the course is the acquisition of linguistic, pragmatic, and sociocultural competence in all four skills in advanced level. A TV drama is used as the main textbook with the focus on the improvement of speaking and listening competence, and variety of reading materials on Japanese sociocultural issues that are related to the content of TV drama are used to further develop reading and writing skills. The two-hour class period is conducted to the verification and discussion of the drama content, use of new vocabulary and expressions as well as the acquisition of more complex, advanced grammar pattern usages. The techniques of improving reading skill is taught during the class period, and the actual reading of the materials and writing of the reaction papers will be assigned as homework.

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Japanese 490. Introduction to Japanese Linguistics.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Yuki Johnson (yukijohn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 202. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/japanese/J490/J490/JPN490.html

This course is designed for both undergraduate (prerequisite is required) and graduate students who are interested in acquiring the specifics of Japanese grammar. It is also recommended for anyone considering a career as a teacher of Japanese. The goals of the course are: to gain knowledge of the basic characteristics of sentence structure and meaning in Japanese; to become familiar with selected theoretical analyses (or competing analyses) which linguists have proposed for various structural patterns in Japanese; and to develop a repertoire of linguistic vocabulary with which to talk about sentence structure and meaning in Japanese.

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Japanese 541. Classical Japanese.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 406 and 408. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An introduction to the classical language aimed at mastery of the basic vocabulary, grammar, and syntax necessary to read all Japanese writing, literary or otherwise, before the twentieth century. A reading knowledge of modern Japanese (equivalent to three years of study) is a prerequisite. Class meetings are devoted to close syntactic analysis and translation of samples from various classical texts, with particular emphasis on poetry and narrative from the Heian and medieval periods. This course is required of all graduate concentrators in Japanese and is a prerequisite (with Japanese 542) to advanced work in pre- and early modern Japanese texts. It is also highly recommended to graduate students of premodern Japanese history, art history, Buddhism, etc. It may also be taken by undergraduate students with sufficient preparation in the modern language.

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Japanese 552. Medieval Japanese Prose.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses in Japanese

Section 001 Poetics of the Sublime.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 542. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Readings in the various prose genres of the medieval period (1200-1600), including gunki monogatari or warrior epics, setsuwa stories from the oral tradition, essays, travel journals, and religious writing. The seminars will take up issues of historicity and conflicts of interpretation regarding the accounts of the Genpei civil wars and the way of the samurai; religious ideology and gender in the popular storytelling tradition; intertextuality and conformation; and the emergence of a classical aesthetics. Offered in the fall academic term alternately with Japanese 551.

The Fall 2000 seminar will focus on the medieval discourses on poetry and Nô performance that shaped the enduring sense of the Japanese sublime in such articulations as mono no aware (the moving power of things), yûgen (ineffable depth), and sabi (austere loneliness); we will relate the notion of the sublime to phenomenological issues of language, mind and the nonduality of subject/object, and examine the concept of cultural practice as a michi (Way) or a pedagogy of the mind.

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Japanese 554. Modern Japanese Literature.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses in Japanese

Section 001 Cultures of Defeat: Fiction of the Occupation Period.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 406 and 408. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar is inspired by the publication of John Dower's magisterial history of the Occupation, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II (Norton, 1999). With Dower's book, we now have a cultural history for these years of despair and transformation. This seminar will read fictional works written between 1945 and 1952 contrapuntally against Dower's account of the Occupation. The effort will be to explore the relationship between fiction and the larger discourses of the period and to see how writers responded to the forced postwar reconfigurations of not only national identity but also identities of gender, class, and sexual orientation. The reading will consist of major works by Dazai Osamu, Sakaguchi Ango, Tamura Taijirô, Hara Tamiki, Ooka Shohei, Mishima Yukio, Kawabata Yasunari, Hayashi Fumiko, and other writers of the period. The seminar requires reading knowledge of Japanese.

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Japanese 556. Japanese Drama and Narrative Performance.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001 Japan's "Epic" Tale: The Heike in Music and Drama. Meets with Music History/Musicology 728.001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated three times for a total of nine credits. May not be elected more than once in the same term.

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Musical narrative was at the core of Japanese performance culture until the post-war era. Fired by the artistry of itinerant blind singers, the oral and musical virtuosity of popular chanters, and the spectacle of the no, kyogen, kabuki and puppet theaters, public enthusiasm for historical tales in performance was strong at all levels of society from the medieval period until the mid-20th century. The body of stories most often drawn upon was that which concerned the downfall of the Heike clan and related events of the 1180s, as compiled in the Tale of Heike. As such, the corpus of Heike stories has been as significant a formative agent in Japanese culture as have the epic tales of the Mahabarata and Ramayana in south and south-east Asian cultures, the Romance of the Three Kingdoms in Imperial China, and the Sunjata tales in Manding West Africa.

As a seminar for students of Japanese culture and musicology, respectively, this course will combine essential perspectives for study of the performing arts in context. In examining the presentation of Heike stories in performance media characteristic of various eras from the 14th to the early 20th centuries, we will consider the creative practices of both musicians and authors of written texts, and the cultural practice of performance itself as a social institution in which "the Heike" has been re-cast under changing historical circumstances.

Weekly coursework will involve core readings in English, as well as viewing or listening preparation, for which translations and transliterations will be provided. Extra readings and listening assignments will be presented in each session and will be tailored to the profiles of seminar participants, so that Japanese sources can be assigned to those students with reading ability and materials requiring musicological skills to those from the Music program. It will also be possible for students from both sides of the divide to collaborate in production of term papers that incorporate the tools of both disciplines in application to specific repertory items.

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