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Spring/Summer '00 Course Guide

Courses in Asian Studies (Division 323)


Calendars

Spring Half-Term, 2000 (May 2 June 23, 2000)
Spring/Summer Term, 2000 (May 2 August 18, 2000)
Summer Half-Term, 2000 (June 28 August 18, 2000)


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Spring Half-Term Courses

Take me to the Spring Half-Term '00 Time Schedule for Asian Studies.

To see what has been added or changed in Asian Studies this week go to What's New This Week.

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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. 250/Buddhist Studies 250. Undergraduate Seminar in Buddhist Studies.

Section 101 Buddhist Saints: Holy Men and Holy Women in Asia. Meets with Women's Studies 253.101.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of an Asian language 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.

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

From the miraculous birth of the Buddha to the supernatural tales of Chinese meditation masters, the stories of Buddhist saints have helped shape the religious imagination of Buddhist communities throughout Asia. Whether performing miracles, casting spells, or undergoing harsh austerities, Buddhist saints have been depicted as wonder workers and spiritual guides in the art and writings of India, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan. In order to better understand the ways in which these charismatic figures have come to be seen as 'sacred' or 'holy', we will re-examine these saintly men and women in light of certain questions: On what basis are certain individuals labeled 'holy'? What is their relationship to the larger religious community? How does gender figure into the lives of these figures? Drawing on key concepts in religious studies, literary theory, and gender studies, we will focus on the larger issues underlying the reading and writing of idealized religious figures in the Buddhist tradition. All reading materials will be in English translation. Requirements include: active class participation, close reading of primary materials, and a final paper (7-10 pages).

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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

Section 101 High City/Low City: Tokyo in Literature and Film.

Instructor(s): Timothy Van Compernolle (tvancom@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.

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The purpose of this course is to explore Tokyo through its representation in literature and film from the early 17th century to the present. We will pursue the geographical issue of the metropolis as a setting for artistic works in the context of such themes as: the literary representation of the pleasure quarters; Japan's encounter with the Western culture; modernization; bureaucratization; crime; war; love; family; and nostalgia for a vanishing traditional culture. We will begin with the erotic tales of Ihara Saikaku and the samurai vendetta story Chushingura (one of the most entertaining plays ever written), and then move to such modern authors as Higuchi Ichiyo, Nagai Kafu, Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, and Hayashi Fumiko. We will also read some contemporary fiction and watch several full-length films, including a Japanese animation anime) sci-fi vision of Tokyo in the future. Materials are all in English translation, so knowledge of Japanese is not necessary. Requirements include reading, participation in discussion, three 2-3 page papers, and a final exam.

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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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Spring/Summer Term Courses

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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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.


Summer Half-Term Courses

Take me to the Summer Half-Term '00 Time Schedule for Asian Studies.

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To see what has been added or changed in Asian Studies this week go to What's New This Week.


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

Section 201 Truth and Beauty: Poetry in Japanese Literature.

Instructor(s): Jeremy Robinson (jrrobins@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.

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jrrobins/poetry.html

When the emperor wanted to show that Japan no longer lived in the cultural shadow of China, he ordered a poetry collection compiled. When a disloyal minister began to conspire with demons in order to overthrow imperial power, a hero dispelled them simply by sending them a poem. Poetry has always been more than just a literary form in Japan it was the language of the course, the deepest expression of truth, and the definition of beauty. It continued to be central to Japanese literature, permeating such varied genres as prose fiction, folk ballad, and the theatrical arts. In this class, we will examine the conventions of classical Japanese poetry and investigate how these conventions would continue to inspire and shape other genres throughout Japan's literary history.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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

Section 201 China's Evolution under Communism

Instructor(s): Andrew Mertha (amertha@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

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

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~amertha/

See Political Science 428.201.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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