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Winter Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Asian Studies


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Winter Academic Term, 2003 (January 6 - April 25)

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ASIAN 122 / HISTORY 122. Modern East Asia.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): James Lee, Mark C Elliott

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

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

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/history/122/001.nsf

See History 122.001.

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ASIAN 220 / RELIGION 202. Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Patrick Pranke (ppranke@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/asian/220/001.nsf

This course is an introduction to the study of Asian religions. We will consider representative material drawn from some of the major Asian traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, etc.), from ancient times down to the present day. The course, however, is not intended to be a comprehensive or systematic survey; rather than aiming at breadth, the course is designed around major conceptual themes, such as ritual, death, image veneration, mysticism, meditation, ancestor worship, religious violence, and so on. The overarching emphasis throughout the course will be on the hermeneutic difficulties attendant upon the study of religion in general, and Asian religious traditions in particular.

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ASIAN 222 / GTBOOKS 222. Great Books of Japan.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): E Ramirez-Christensen

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Japanese is not required. (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Great Books 222.001.

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ASIAN 223 / RELIGION 223. Bhagavad-Gita: The Activist View of Hinduism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Deshpande

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ASIAN 224. Traditions of Poetry in India.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Peter E Hook (pehook@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pehook/ssea250.html

Throughout readings and discussion 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
  6. Modern secular poetry.

We will read translations of selections from each of these six traditions, appraise them as sources of aesthetic enjoyment from our own points of view, and, where possible, evaluate them in the context of their own place and time. In coming to terms with traditions far removed in space and time, the student will come to know something of Indian aesthetic theories and the continually renegotiated role of the poet in forming and transforming the ways in which people interpret their own life experience. The course will include an hour exam and five out of seven short (3-4 pp) papers, at least one of which will be a close reading and explication of an individual poem, and at least one other will compare notions of what makes poetry poetry in India and the West. Translation and/or transcreation is an option for one of these assignments. Additionally each student will be responsible for setting out the biographical and historical context of a listed poet in a class presentation. The list includes Baba Farid, Basavanna, Bihari, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Ghalib, Iqbal, Kabir, Kalidasa, Mir, Mira Bai, Nammalavar, Tagore, and Tukaram. Other names may be added depending on the specific interests of students. I will attempt to create an environment that encourages the free and active participation of everyone in the class.

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ASIAN 251. Undergraduate Seminar in Chinese Culture.

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

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Chinese language is required. (3). (HU). May be elected more than once for credit. Repetition requires permission of the department.

First-Year Seminar Foreign 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 acclaimed 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 an excellent window on a vanished society. This fictional portrait of eighteenth-century China will be supplemented by secondary readings 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.

Textbooks:

  • Cao Xueqin and Gao E, The Story of the Stone, vols. 1-5, David Hawkes and John Minford, trs. (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1973-1986).
  • Dore J. Levy, Ideal and Actual in The Story of the Stone (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999).
  • Susan Mann, Precious Records: Women in China's Long Eighteenth Century (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997). (Recommended, not required)

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

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

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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ASIAN 304 / RELIGION 304. Sikhism II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Pashaura Singh (psingh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 303. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The aim of this course is to study the Sikh tradition in the historical context of eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The emphasis will be on socio-religious movements of late 19th and early 20th centuries that gave rise to a modern Sikh identity. A particular attention will be paid to the role of the diaspora Sikh community in establishing Sikhism as one of the great world traditions. We will also examine the impact of 1984 events on Sikh self-understanding and examine the issue of Sikh fundamentalism within the context of the rise of Hindu fundamentalism in present day India.

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ASIAN 360(475) / PHIL 360 / RCHUMS 375 / HISTART 387. The Arts and Letters of China.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Shuen-Fu Lin (lsf@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/asian/360/001.nsf

An interdisciplinary, multimedia course taught by faculty specialists from the fields of Chinese philosophy, religion, art history, linguistics, theater, and literature. Not a survey course. The focus will be on the close study of a number of significant and representative works drawn from several humanistic disciplines in order to present the major themes of Chinese civilization, and to observe how they persist or change from the past to the present.

Lecture topics and participating faculty include: Language (W. Baxter); Early culture and Confucianism (M. Brown); Daoism (S. Lin); religion (R. Sharf); Art History (Q. Ning, M. Powers); Poetry (S. Lin); Music (J. Lam); Theater and Fiction (D. Rolston); Modern Literature (L. Liu); Film (M. Nornes).

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ASIAN 381. Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Miranda Brown (mdbrown@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior or senior standing and concentration in Asian Studies. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

We will examine the ways in which Asia has been and continues to be represented as an academic subject. We will read works by leading scholars on Asia (South, Southeast, and East Asia) such as Benedict Anderson, Partha Chatterjee, Nancy Florida, Dorothy Ko, Lydia Liu, and Edward Said about the culture, literature, and history of the region. Some questions that we will address include: How have scholars represented the pre-modern history and traditions (such as foot binding and caste) of former colonial states? What narratives of modernization and nationalism revolution have they spun, and how do those narratives reflect legacies of colonial domination?

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ASIAN 395. Honors Thesis.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Honors candidate in Asian Studies and permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of ASIAN 395, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Honors students in Asian Studies should use this course number for their Honors thesis, but will normally work with whatever faculty member is closest to the subject of the thesis.

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ASIAN 455. Topics in Asian Studies.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Twila Z Tardif

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/psych/457/002.nsf

See Psychology 457.002.

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ASIAN 455. Topics in Asian Studies.

Section 002 History of Hinduism. Meets with History 472.002

Instructor(s): Donald Davis Jr (drdj@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/asian/455/002.nsf

How can Hinduism be both one of the oldest and one of the newest major religious traditions of the world? By examining the work of four periods in the history of Hindu Studies, we will trace the evolution behind how we learn about Hinduism today and how our knowledge differs from early studies of the same religious tradition. The course will center on the differing sources available for studying Hinduism (ethnography, literature, epigraphy, colonial records, art, artifacts, etc.) and how these sources have been used or ignored by scholars, colonial officials, and politicians in India. Individualized library projects will play off the representative periods studied in class and will be designed to question the ways in which our knowledge of Hinduism is and has been organized and how that organization has affected both public and academic perceptions of Hinduism.

Classes will incorporate a mixture of discussions, films, multimedia lectures, and library research. Requirements will include a short paper, a research paper, and class participation.

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ASIAN 455. Topics in Asian Studies.

Section 003 Sacred Text & History in India. Meets with History 472.003.

Instructor(s): Donald Davis Jr (drdj@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/asian/455/003.nsf

The sacred texts of India contain great insight into the distinctive religious and philosophical heritage f South Asia. By taking both sympathetic and critical perspectives on important Hindu texts, this course will survey how these texts can also be used to interpret the history of South Asian religion, law, economy, politics, and society. Emphasis will be on learning to read sacred texts critically and contextually in the light of other historical evidence. The texts will include selections from the Rg-Veda, the Upanisads, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Puranas, and the Dharmasastras . However, individual projects can focus on Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Muslim, or Sikh scriptures. After examining the nature of scripture in South Asia, the course will center on important historical problems and the use of sacred literature to clarify those problems. Throughout the course, we will question the propriety and limitations of writing history from sacred texts both in South Asia and comparative literature.

Classes will consist primarily of guided discussions, but will also include some brief lectures and library training. The requirements for the course will include reading response papers, a research paper, and class participation.

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ASIAN 472. The Korean War.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Henry H Em (henryem@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/asian/472/001.nsf

What were the origins of the Korean War? How did Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945) followed by Soviet and American occupation (1945-1948) impact Korean society and politics in the years leading up to the Korean War (1950-1953)? How did class, gender, and ethnicity affect the way civilians and combatants experienced the war? The main focus of this course will be on the origins of the Korean War as a civil war, but we will also examine its international dimensions.

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ASIAN 487. Buddhism in India: Its Doctrines and History.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gómez

Prerequisites & Distribution: ASIAN 230. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ASIAN 489. Korean Buddhism.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: ASIAN 220 or 230. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course surveys the development of Buddhism in Korea from the third century to the present. It will begin with the introduction the doctrines and practices of Chinese Buddhism which hold an important place in the Korean tradition, while examining the transmission and assimilation of Buddhism into Korea. It includes the progression of the development of Korean Buddhism - the rise of sects, indigenous ideas, and the continuity/ discontinuity from the earlier development in China. Focusing on the major thinkers such as Wonhyo, Chinul and others, we will evaluate their contributions to the development of Buddhist doctrines in the East Asia. We will examine the rise of syncretic interpretation of Buddhist ideas in the Choson dynasty as a means of survival during the harsh climate Confucian ideology. We will also consider the Buddhist response to the Japanese advances during the occupation (1905-1945), and will examine the revival of Buddhism in the country as part of rise in nationalistic fervor.

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ASIAN 491. Topics in Japanese Studies.

Section 001 Violence Against Women, Law, and Social Policy in Japan. Meets Jan. 27 - March 3. Meets with Social Work 733. [Drop/Add deadline=January 31].

Instructor(s): Yoshihama Tsunoda, Mieko Yoshihama

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

he Course will be taught by Yoshihama Tsunoda, a Center for Japanese Studies Toyota Visiting Professor, Winter 2003 and Lawyer, Tanaka & Partners, Shizuoka, Japan, specializing in gender discrimination and domestic violence; as well as Mieko Yoshihama, Associate Professor, School of Social Work. This course will examine social policies, social services, the legal system, and social movements concerning violence against women in Japan, in particular domestic violence and sexual harassment. Violence against women is prevalent across cultural and national boundaries and takes many forms; it represents a system of oppression and control shaped by and resulting in hierarchies of power that are gendered and maintained through socio-cultural, economic, political, and judiciary means. Through an ongoing analysis of interlocking systems of oppression, power, and control, the course examines the ways in which the patriarchy and the Emperor System supports violence against women, which in turn contributes to the maintenance of these systems. To aid this analysis, the course will review a) theoretical work on social problems, social change, violence against women, and feminist jurisprudence, b) empirical studies of violence against women, and c) legislation, administrative/governmental, and legal documents.This course is an integrative seminar designed for graduate and upper-class undergraduate students. To promote critical and reflective thinking and analysis, this course will employ a variety of pedagogical strategies, including small group discussions, videos, and experiential exercises, along with didactic lectures. For more information, please contact the Center for Japanese Studies.

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ASIAN 492. Topics in S&SEA Studies.

Section 001 Who are the 'Midnight's Children': Flashbacks and Projections. Meets Jan. 11-March 8. [2 credits]. [Drop/Add deadline=January 24].

Instructor(s): Poonam Arora (parora@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/asian/492/001.nsf

This course will delineate the cultural, political and religious background to contemporary South Asia through a thematically curated film series. With the RSC production of Midnight's Children as the centerpiece, the film series will introduce audiences to artistic interpretations of historical events in the medium of film. The introductions and Q&A accompanying the screenings will lay the foundation for a complex understanding of how popular cinema may indirectly contribute to widespread public perceptions of historical events and political trends. The course will be accompanied by a website where public discussion will be facilitated. Stills from films, other visual resources, essays, newspaper articles and links to related sites will also be provided on the website. http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/csas/events/midnightsfilmseries.htm

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ASIAN 499. Independent Study-Directed Readings.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor required. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Directed readings or research in consultation with a member of the Asian Studies faculty.

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