Fall '99 Course Guide

Courses in Asian Studies (Division 323)

Fall Term, 1999 (September 8 December 22, 1999)

Take me to the Fall Term '99 Time Schedule for Asian Studies.


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. South Asian Civilization.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ramaswamy

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

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

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. Great Traditions of East Asia.

Instructor(s):

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History 121.001.

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Asian St. 150. First Year Seminar in Asian Studies: Civilizations of Asia.

Section 001 Languages of Asia

Instructor(s): William Baxter (wbaxter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Asian Languages 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 permission of instructor.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Through hands-on exercises and investigations, students in this course will explore aspects of language and its place in Asian societies. Topics will include the relationships of Asian languages to each other, linguistic clues to early history and prehistory, Asian scripts and their development, Asian languages in the computer age, and the interaction of language and culture. Emphasis will be on direct investigation of actual examples from a wide variety of Asian languages, including minority languages.

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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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Buddhist Studies 220.001.

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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).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pehook/ssea224.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 esthetic enjoyment from our own points of view and where possible evaluate them in the context of their own place and time, the student will come to know something of Indian esthetic 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. 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. (3). (HU). May be repeated with department permission.

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/Philosophy 263/Chinese 263. Introduction to Chinese Philosophy.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Philip Ivanhoe (ivanhoe@umich.edu)

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Philosophy 263.001.

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Asian St. 320/S&SEA 320. Sikh History I (18th-19th Centuries).

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 320.001.

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Asian St. 380. Topics in Asian Studies.

Section 001 Painting and Poetry in China. Meets with History of Art 386.001

Instructor(s): Martin Powers (Martin@umich.edu)

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~hartspc/histart/fall99/ha386-001.html

See History of Art 386.001.

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Asian St. 400/Japanese 400. Love and Death in Japanese Culture.

Sections 001-004 meet the ECB Jr/Sr Writing Requirment

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

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Japanese 400..

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Asian St. 428/Poli. Sci. 428/Phil. 428/Soc. 426. China's Evolution Under Communism.

Section 001 Politics & Development in China

Instructor(s): Joffe

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Political Science 428.001.

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

Section 001 Text, Performance, and Politics in Island Southeast Asia

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): Shuen-fu Lin (lsf@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. 476/Chinese 476/RC Hums. 476. Writer and Society in Modern China.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Chinese is required. (4). (HU).

Upper-Level Writing Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Chinese 476.001.

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Asian St. 489/Buddhist Studies 489/Korean 489. Korean Buddhism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Eun-su Cho (eunsucho@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Buddhist Studies 220, or any introductory course on Buddhism. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Buddhist Studies 489.001.

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Asian St. 490. Topics in Japanese Studies.

Section 001 Japanese Theater

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course concerns theatre traditions practiced in Japan today. It is not a general survey of Japanese theatre, but an opportunity to look closely at some representative traditions, with a view to identification of characteristics that they bear in common, and ones that are unique. We will deal primarily with historical traditions of Japanese music-theatre now considered classical and canonical: noh drama, bunraku puppet theatre and kabuki. Forms of dramatic performance of more recent origin, namely, angura theatre of the 1960s-70s, and some 1980s-'90s 'inter-cultural' works that draw upon both Japanese and Western theatre traditions, will also be introduced. As there are no practitioners of Japanese theatre working at the University of Michigan on an ongoing basis, the materials for this course will include many videos of performances. Students will be expected to view video extracts in preparation for many classes. Text materials in English translation and Japanese transliteration will be provided for videos that are unsubtitled. Student assessment will be based upon presentation of materials in class meetings, two term tests and a research paper.

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Asian St. 490. Topics in Japanese Studies.

Section 002 CJS Seminar

Instructor(s):

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar, topic TBA, is offered through the Center for Japanese Studies. It will be taught by a visiting faculty person.

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Asian St. 491. Topics in Japanese Studies.

Section 001 Agriculture and Japanese Society and Political Economy, 1700 to 1930. Course meets 10/15-12/15/99

Instructor(s): Stephen Vlastos

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The focus of this course will be agriculture, economic developments, and social change in rural Japan from the mid-Tokugawa period to the interwar period, and the implications of these processes for the larger polity and economy.

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