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Winter Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Japanese


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Winter Academic Term, 2002 (January 7 - April 26)

Open courses in Japanese
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for JAPANESE

Winter Academic Term '02 Time Schedule for Japanese.


JAPANESE 120 / ASIAN 120. Understanding Japan: A Multidisciplinary Introduction.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Rosenfeld (dmrosen@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/japanese/120/001.nsf

This team-taught course is an introduction to the study of Japan through multiple disciplines, taking advantage of Michigan's remarkable breadth of internationally recognized Japan scholars. The course aims to introduce key terms and concepts used in Japanese studies, exploring some of the approaches and methodologies used in the humanities and the social sciences. A literature specialist might talk about the issues of "tradition" or of the "subject" as they have developed in Japanese literary studies; a historian might address "modernity" or "gender"; a political scientist or an economist might address issues of the "nation-state" or "development." Students should emerge from the course familiar with fundamental issues in the study of Japan and equipped to make choices about furthering their academic and career interests.

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JAPANESE 225. Calligraphy.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Masae Suzuki (shoyo@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: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/japanese/Course_Syllabi/Syllabus_JPN225.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 250 / ASIAN 252. Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Martin Rosenfeld

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

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Asian Studies 252.001.

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JAPANESE 302(402) / ASIAN 302. Rewriting Identities in Modern Japan.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This introductory course to modern Japanese fiction examines how novels and short stories written after 1868 engage the issue of national, cultural, and social identities. The inquiry in the course will simultaneously move in two directions: We will examine how fiction written in an age of national print-capitalism participates in the work of building a shared understanding of a nation and its people. But we will also see how the same fiction can spotlight divisions of gender, sexual orientation, class, generation, and region. Using the fiction written by some of the best known of Japanese writers Mori Ogai, Natsume Soseki, Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, and Oe Kenzaburo the course will pursue its inquiries on both formal and thematic levels. Attention will be paid to how different narrative genres and techniques either erase or emphasize social differences.

  • How do Japanese novels help to construct what Benedict Anderson would call the "imagined community" of the nation?
  • By what process does Japanese become a "national print language" appropriate for fictional writing?
  • How is the Japanese "self" narrated into being?
  • How are competing visions of what is "modern" and "traditional" addressed in the search for identity?
  • How does fiction, written by male and female writers, address the selfhood of Japanese men and women?

These are the questions that we will ask as we traverse the contested terrain of Japanese identities. No prior knowledge of Japanese language or literature is required. All readings will be in English translation.

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JAPANESE 392. 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 394. 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 551. Classical Japanese Prose.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses in Japanese

Section 001 Heian Tales of Love.

Instructor(s): E Ramirez-Christensen

Prerequisites & Distribution: AsianLan 434 (or Japanese 542). (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course provides training in the reading and interpretation of prose texts from the Heian period (794-1185), which saw the development of a native tradition (as distinct from Sino-Japanese) based on hiragana and waka poetic language particularly in the works of women court writers. Genres include monogatari (narratives), nikki (diaries), and the so-called hybrid types, uta nikki (poetic journals) and uta monogatari (poem-tales). The seminar will analyze the work from the perspectives of modern narratology, feminist theory, and cultural studies. Reading text will vary each term.

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JAPANESE 557. Seminar in Japanese Image Culture.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses in Japanese

Section 001 East Asian Pop.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 406. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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