East Asian Studies

 
COURSE OFFERINGS
 
[141]    Consuming China: From Migrant Workers to Venture Capitalists     China's economic reforms have helped give birth to a nation of new consumers, from migrant workers to affluent capitalists. The creation of a new middle class and its rising expectations, and the advent of the individual as consumer rather than mere worker, have led to new lifestyles, new leisure activities, and a proliferation of commodities and consumption. An examination of the tensions between the traditional values of discipline, collectivity, and hard work and the new flux of consumerism, its fads, and its trends in China today. Part of the two-course Integrated Studies 141, "China: The Pursuit of Happiness." Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Anthropology 141. Four credit hours.  S.    

151f    Introduction to East Asia from Ancient Times to the 17th Century     A survey of East Asia from ancient times to the 17th century, comparing cultural and social transformations in the history of China, Japan, and Korea. Topics include the religious and philosophical foundations of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism; cosmopolitanism and the evolution of aristocratic cultures; and economic, cultural, and social change in the early-modern period. Four credit hours.  H, I.    LACOUTURE

152s    Introduction to East Asia from the 18th Century to Modern Times     A survey of East Asia from the 18th century to the present in its global, regional, and local contexts, beginning with the empires of Qing China, Tokugawa Japan, and Choson Korea, examining the transformations that led to the rise of the modern nation-states of East Asia. Topics include cross-cultural encounters, the rise of imperialism and colonialism, the transformation of empires into nation-states, and the evolution of gender, ethnic, and status identities. Four credit hours.  H, I.    LACOUTURE

173f    Survey of Asian Art    Listed as Art 173. Four credit hours.  A.    WEITZ

[231]    The Chinese Novel: Vignettes of Life in Imperial China    A critical examination of the development of classical Chinese literature of various genres such as poetry, popular songs, philosophical discourse, historical narrative, prose, fiction, tales of the supernatural and the fantastic, romance, and drama. All readings are in English translation. Four credit hours.  L.    

[232]    Male Friendship in Chinese Literature     A survey of premodern Chinese literature through the prism of male friendship. Friendship, particularly among men, was a theme that resonated powerfully in traditional Chinese literature, perhaps because it was the only one of the five Confucian relationships not innately hierarchical. A variety of literary works are examined, including historical and philosophical prose, poetry, drama, and fiction on friendship and famous friends. Issues explored include the search for a soul mate, the primacy of male friendships over romantic and domestic ties, and changing constructions of masculinity. All works in English translation; knowledge of Chinese not required. Four credit hours.  L.    

251s    Gender Politics in Chinese Drama and Film     Survey of Chinese drama and film with focus on representations of gender and sexuality. From its first flowering in the 13th century, Chinese drama has been an arena for negotiations about cultural expectations regarding gender and sexuality; this tradition continued in the "model operas" of the Cultural Revolution and in films such as Farewell My Concubine, King of Masks, and Woman demon human. Paired reading of major works from various genres and viewing of modern and contemporary films with reading of secondary scholarship for historical and cultural context. All readings in English; knowledge of Chinese language not required. Four credit hours.  L, I.    BESIO

252j    Hell on Earth? Chinese Writers on Modern Chinese Society     Are we living in a hell on earth? This question has plagued modern and contemporary Chinese writers. An examination of how Chinese writers have used literature to address political and social crises their country has faced during the last 80 years. Topics include changing assessments of traditional China's cultural legacy, China's response to modernity (often represented by the West), revolution and resistance in rural China, Taiwan, the Cultural Revolution, and the status of women in Chinese society. Readings include short stories, essays, poetry, and film, all in English translation; no previous knowledge of Chinese language, culture, or history required. Three credit hours.  L, I.    BESIO

[254]    China in Transition: An Anthropological Account    An exploration of cultural, historical, and social elements that were China in the past, and their transformation in the present, with a focus on the impact of China's socialist revolution upon both rural and urban family and social life and the new directions China has taken since the economic reforms of the 1980s. Four credit hours.  S, I.    

[256]    Heian and Medieval Japan    Listed as History 256. Four credit hours.  H, I.    

261s    Japanese Language and Culture     A global perspective of how people interact through knowledge of their own culture, language, and communication. By looking at the interrelationships between culture and language in Japan, we will explore the way the Japanese see their own world and act on it through their language, beliefs, and knowledge. Main topics are cultural patterns, language behavior, minorities, and women and their language. Four credit hours.  S, I.    ABE

[271]    Women in Japanese Cinema and Literature    A multidimensional approach to Japanese culture, examining Japanese women's identity politics in literature and films through both Western and Japanese feminist theories. Films and literature cover the historical periods from the 12th through 20th centuries. No prior knowledge of Japanese language, culture, or feminist ideology required. Three credit hours.  L, I.    

273s    The Arts of China    Listed as Art 273. Four credit hours.  A.    WEITZ

[274]    The Arts of Japan    Listed as Art 274. Four credit hours.    

275f    The Arts of Korea    Listed as Art 275. Four credit hours.  A.    WEITZ

276s    Zen and the Arts in Asia     An examination of the Zen Buddhist aesthetic in the traditional arts of China, Japan, and Korea. Art forms studied will include painting, calligraphy, sculpture, tea ceremony, gardening, flower arranging, Noh drama, poetry, archery, and architecture. Four credit hours.  A, I.    WEITZ

332f    Masterpieces: Modern Japanese Novels     An appreciation and examination of masterpiece novels by 10 luminous Japanese writers, including two Nobel laureates. An examination of the ideas, feelings, and values expressed in and through these novels. No knowledge of Japanese required. Three or four credit hours.  L, I.    PRINDLE

[353]    Globalization and Human Rights in China    Globalization refers to a variety of political, economic, cultural, and social changes that are transforming our world. Countries are increasingly interconnected by flows of information and technology, capital and labor, ideas and culture. We will use China as a case study to address some major issues concerning globalization: its problems and prospects; terms of trade between and among nations; sweatshop labor; the role of states, markets, and global institutions; human rights and cultural preservation. Prerequisite: East Asian Studies 152 or Anthropology 112 or Government 131. Four credit hours.  S.    

483f, 484s    Honors Project    An interdisciplinary analysis of an aspect of East Asian culture employing diverse sources and methods. Independent study, extensive readings, consultations, and a thesis. Successful completion of the honors project and of the major will result in the degree being awarded "With Honors in East Asian Studies." Prerequisite: Senior standing, a 3.25 major average, and permission of a faculty mentor. Three or four credit hours.    FACULTY

491f, 492s    Independent Study    Individual study of special problems in East Asian civilization, offered in the departments that participate in the program. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. One to four credit hours.    FACULTY