ANS 302J • Introduction to Japan
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
This course is an introduction to the culture, history, and society of Japan. The goal is to develop a broad understanding of modern Japanese cultural, political, and social identities. We will pay particular attention to cultural developments in the arts over the centuries, and examine how artists, from premodern poets to contemporary directors of anime, were responding to the political and social circumstances of their times. We will also consider how these cultural products reflect or reject stereotypical images of Japan for both domestic and international audiences. The format of the course will include both lecture as well as small group and class discussions. Topics will include: aesthetics and politics in premodern Japan; families and aging; suicide and culture; World War II and its aftermath; Japan's relationship with Asia; gender, ethnicity, and cultural identity.
In-class quizzes and assignments = 30% Two tests (20% each) = 40% Final exam = 30%
Dower, John. Japanese History and Culture: From Ancient to Modern Times. Goossen, Theodore W. The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories. Joy Hendry, Understanding Japanese Society