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): Sumathi Ramaswamy (sumathi@umich.edu)

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): Holcombe

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. 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: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/1999/fall/lsa/asis/220/001.nsf

See Buddhist Studies 220.001.

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Asian St. 251/Chinese 250. Undergraduate Seminar in Chinese Culture.

Section 001 Looking at Traditional China Through its Most Famous Novel: The Story of the Stone.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Chinese language is required. (3). (HU). May be repeated with department permission.

First-Year Seminar, Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will present an introduction to late imperial China through the acclaimed translation by David Hawkes and John Minford of its most famous and complex novel, The Story of the Stone (5 volumes, Penguin, 1977-1986). The Story of the Stone is simultaneously a tragic love story and the chronicle of the decline of an enormous aristocratic household. With its reputation as a "veritable encyclopedia of traditional Chinese life", it provides and excellent window on a vanished society. This fictional portrait of eighteenth-century China will be supplemented by readings in Naquin and Rawski, Chinese Society in the Eighteenth Century (1987) and a variety of visual materials shown in class. Requirements will include two short papers, a midterm take-home, a final exam, and active class participation.

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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.

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. 254/Korean 250. Undergraduate Seminar in Korean Culture.

Section 001 The Korean War.

Instructor(s): Henry Em

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Korean language is required. (3). (HU). May be repeated with department permission for a total of six credits.

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The Korean War has been called the forgotten war. Over three million Koreans died in this war, as did nearly 35,000 American soldiers. The war ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, and the continued hostility between North and South Korea has sown more than four decades of distrust and fear. What were the origins of this war? How did the Korean War affect Korean society and culture? This seminar will begin with an overview of modern Korean history on the impact of Japanese colonialism, Korean nationalist and revolutionary movements, and Soviet and American intervention in Korea. In addition to historiography on the origins of the Korean War, we will look at how the war has been represented in Korean literature and film. There will be periodic quizzes on the readings, a take home midterm, but no final exam. In addition there will be a research paper approximately 15 pages in length, due at the end of the term.

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Asian St. 263/Phil. 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: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~ivanhoe/phil263.htm

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/fall99/386-001.html

See History of Art 386.001.

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Asian St. 395. Honors Thesis.

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.

No Description Provided.

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

Sections 001-004 meet the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing Foriegn Lit

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. 440. National Cinema of Asia.

Section 001 Meets with Film/Video 441.002.

Instructor(s): Michael Raine (mraine@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/1999/fall/lsa/film/441/002.nsf

This course does not attempt a comprehensive survey of the variety of cinemas that have emerged in Asia. Instead, it concentrates on the feature film production of three regions: Japan, "China" (including mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong), and India (in particular the Hindi language production of the Bombay studios). We will study the historical development of the relatively "orthodox" film production of Japan before investigating how the ethnic, linguistic, and geopolitical complexity of the other regions questions the apparently stable category of "national cinema". We will also trace the relationship between commercial and non-commercial ("art") film production in each region, and attempt to develop an understanding of national film culture that goes beyond film production to include the transnational and subnational conditions of film audiences.

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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. 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.

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. Meets with History 590.003. Course meets 10/25-12/16/99 (Drop/Add deadline=Novermber 5).

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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