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Academic Year 2005/2006
Japan's "Others": cultural production of difference
ALIT 209 SP
This class will examine various types of texts throughout Japanese history that categorize groups or individuals as being different from the "main" culture of Japan. We will also explore texts attributed to these
groups. Examples will range from early medieval discussions of demons, theatrical representations of China, Okinawan and Ainu literature, views on Christianity in the early modern period, to a modern burakumin writer.
questions we will explore include: how do texts identify and ascribe "otherness"? What is the relationship between the formation of such "otherness" and the establishment of a "Japanese identity"?
Medieval Buddhist-inspired texts on demons. Premodern theater pieces on Chinese themes. Short stories by the modern buraku writer Nakagami Kenji. Selections from SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: MODERN JAPANESE LITERATURE FROM
OKINAWA. Director Yukisada Isao's film Go
(2001), on "Korean residents" in Japan.
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
In-class presentations, short response papers, midterm paper and a final paper.
Gen Ed Area Dept:
Links to Web Resources For This Course.
- Instructor(s): Kawashima,Terry
- Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK314;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 25)
- SR. major: 5 Jr. major: 5
- SR. non-major: 5 Jr. non-major: 4 SO: 4 FR: 2
- Curricular Renewal: Reading Non-Verbal Texts, Writing
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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