ANS 302J • Introduction to Japan
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
This course examines the society and culture of premodern and modern Japan, including family, religion, language, customs and lifestyles, political developments, as well as arts and performances, and the evolving cultural representation and understanding of nature and the environment. In doing so, it will introduce students to how Japanese society and culture has developed and been interpreted, both within Japan and from the outside. The main goal of this course is to provide students with tools to analyze Japanese society and cultural identity as expressed in Japan's major cultural products. Students will also critically examine the way in which Japanese culture and society are represented in the English-speaking world by comparison with in Japan.
In-Class Quizzes: 20% Tests (3: 1st 10%, 2nd & 3rd 15%): 40% Attendance/Participation, Homework: 20% Final Exam: 20%
In all cases use the most recent edition available. Totman, Conrad. Japan before Perry - Historical reference (early) Keene, Donald. Anthology of Japanese Literature Traditional literature sources for Society, History, Fantasy, & Nature Masuda, Sayo. Autobiography of a Geisha Cultural stereotype with varying domestic and foreign response Takeyama, Michio. Harp of Burma Dealing with War Memory / Religion / Japan & Foreign Countries Nakazawa, Keiji. Barefoot Gen Vol. 1 The experience of the atomic bombing Takahashi Rumiko. Inuyasha Vol. 1 Traditional culture in contemporary popular Culture / Handling of contemporary issues Recommended Texts Golden, Arthur. Memoirs of a Geisha Cultural stereotype with varying domestic and foreign response Nakazawa, Keiji. Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2 Dealing with the aftermath of the atomic bombing Takahashi Rumiko. Inuyasha, Vol. 2 Traditional culture in contemporary popular Culture / Handling of contemporary issues Takemoto Novala. Kamikaze Girls. Contemporary pop culture, youth cults, and fashion.