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Fall Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in Japanese


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Fall Academic Term, 2001 (September 5 December 21)

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JAPANESE 225. Calligraphy.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Masae Suzuki (shoyoart@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AsianLan 125 (or Japanese 101). (1). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($10) required. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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 300(400) / ASIAN 300. Love and Death in Japanese Culture.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Japanese is not required. (4). (HU).

Upper-Level Writing Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Using the central existential questions of love, death, and beauty as thematic foci, this course examines the premodern history of the human being in Japan with the aim of exploring a different past and another site for the study of the humanities than the one in which technology and profit maximization have now led to the virtual demise of the human as a viable measure of civil life. In the course of reading literature, both canonical and popular, which portray the thematics of love and death, we will analyze key concepts in Japanese cultural history that address issues of good and evil, truth, and "the beautiful." Attention will be paid to questions of interpretation that arise in reading the works of a culture different from the West in its philosophies and religions; in the non-logocentrism of its linguistic usages and artistic expressions; its emphasis on form and ritual as a crucial component of the moral human being. We will also note the existence of various separate cultures courtly, merchant, craftsman, samurai and priest, actor and geisha, each with its own hierarchy and code of ethics and aesthetics. Class materials will include, apart from the literary works, secondary sources from criticism, history, philosophy and religion, sociology, as well as visual media like painting and film.

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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 475. Japanese Cinema.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001 Meets with Film & Video 441.003.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Japanese is not required. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Film and Video Studies 441.003.

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JAPANESE 490. Introduction to Japanese Linguistics.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AsianLan 226 (or Japanese 202). (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is designed for both undergraduate (prerequisite 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 554. Modern Japanese Literature.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses in Japanese

Section 001 Fiction of the Meiji Period, 1868-1912.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AsianLan 326 and 428 (or Japanese 406 and 408). (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The seminar in modern Japanese literature for Fall 2001 will focus upon Meiji fiction. We will read examples of canonical fiction written toward the end of the Meiji period (1868-1912) by such writers as Natsume Soseki, Mori Ogai, Tayama Katai, and Shimazaki Toson. And we will trace the standard literary history that ties such writing to Tsubouchi Shoyo's call for a new national fiction. But we will also read earlier writing that is excluded from such a literary history, in particular Meiji gesaku of the "poisonous women" vein and popular melodramatic novels from the 1890s. Our aim will be to locate works, both canonical and non-canonical, in larger Meiji discourses and to determine how patterns of exclusion and inclusion reflect vigorous Meiji debates on national and cultural identity, modernization, sexuality, and gender. This seminar requires reading knowledge of Japanese, with some ability to understand classical grammar. Requirements include participating in discussions, making presentations on assigned texts, and a final seminar paper.

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