ASIAN 301 - Writing Japanese Women
Section: 001
Term: FA 2012
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
Theme, WorldLit
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Knowledge of Japanese is not required.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This is a course on Japanese women's self-representation and male major authors' representations of women — in Japanese culture. It begins by a feminist reading of one of the world's oldest (9th-11th c.) traditions of women's writing: the memoirs, poetry, and fiction of the Heian court ladies who produced the country's first canonical literature and permanently marked its cultural self-image. It moves on to examine the semiotics of the feminine in Japanese culture using the popular image of women (including the portrayal of Heian women authors and their works) in medieval Buddhist and gothic tales; in the narrative painting scrolls; in the Nô and Kabuki stage, where male actors performed the "quintessentially feminine" to admiring audiences; in wood-block prints of "beauties" (courtesans or geisha) and stories of "amorous women" in the thriving new merchant culture. The third section focuses on modern women's writing, the history of the Japanese feminist movement, and gender in pop culture. Along with primary sources in literature and the visual arts, secondary sources will include theoretical readings in the psychology of sex, love, and death by Freud, Kristeva, Lacan, and Bataille, and in feminist theories of reading in the Anglo-American academy. Student input on pop culture study materials are welcome. To be offered in the fall semester alternately with ASIAN 300.

Course Requirements:

Short essays, midterm paper, and a final exam.

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ASIAN 301 - Writing Japanese Women
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780142437148
The tale of Genji, Author: Murasaki Shikibu ; translated by Royall Tyler., Publisher: Penguin Books Deluxe ed. 2003
ISBN: 9780939512805
The Kager? diary : a woman's autobiographical text from tenth-century Japan, Author: [Michitsuna no Haha]. Transl. with an introd., and notes by Sonja Arntzen, Publisher: Center for Japanese Studies, Univ. of Michigan 1997
ISBN: 9780394509457
Masks, Author: Enchi, Fumiko, 1905-1986., Publisher: Knopf 1983
ISBN: 0824824385
The father-daughter plot Japanese literary women and the law of the father, Author: edited by Rebecca L. Copeland and Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen., Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press [Online-Au 2001
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