Courses for Spring 2019

  • Childhood and Culture in Japan

    This seminar offers students an interdisciplinary look at how children became central to social life in modern Japan. What set of historical and philosophical conditions made childhood newly visible in the late 19th century? How has the relationship between the marketplace and childhood evolved over the past hundred years? How have class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality inflected the ways childhood has been experienced? Students will analyze different cultural texts for and about children (early fairy tales, comic books, propaganda, film) in relation to critical essays drawn from a variety of disciplines.
    EAST 0500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
  • Korean Controversies and Negotiations: Moving Beyond Colonial Origins of National Division

    Covering the broad sweep of Korean modernity and contemporary history, this course will introduce and debate the most fundamental and contested issues in Korea today. In this theme-based course, students will have the opportunity to consider and debate these topics in an informed and balanced context which takes into account several perspectives of debate, through informed lectures and historical insights. These conversations will equip students to negotiate Korean identity and politics within a larger global context, beyond the Korean nation into the boardrooms of global corporate entities, the United Nations conference and other professional environments, outside the ivory tower.
    EAST 0532 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Choi
  • Words on Things: Literature and Material Culture in Early Modern China

    This course examines Chinese literary representation of artifacts written between 1000 to 1900 CE. Our discussion will highlight international trade and the transforming science and technology in early modern China. The course aims to guide students to conduct inter-artistic analysis as a means to decipher the political, religious, gendered, and technical significance embedded in literary representation of material objects. To emphasize a comparative perspective, we will also draw on scholarship outside of the field of Chinese literature. We will explore artifacts in the following categories: illustration, painting and calligraphy, seals, ceramics, furniture, and textile.
    EAST 1030 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
  • Korean Film and Culture: The Appeal of Korean Film

    This introductory course offers an overview of Korean film production from its colonial beginnings to the present, linking film with major historical, political and cultural events or shifts over the past century. Topically organized, the course will explore issues of cultural identity in the ways that the domestic movie industry has interacted with the foreign filmic audience. Focusing on how film narratives can influence (rather than reflect) social reality, we will analyze the imagination and construction of national identity and cultural tradition (and its critique) across these films.
    EAST 1291 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Choi
  • Chinese: A History of the Language

    This course traces the historical evolution of modern Chinese, commonly known as Mandarin. We will examine the uniqueness of Chinese characters, and explore their relationship to other features of the language, including word formation, phonology, grammar, and dialects. The goal will be to understand the manner by which the written script has become so central to the development of Chinese civilization.
    EAST 1510 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Li
  • Independent Study

    Sections numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    EAST 1910 S01
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S05
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S12
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Reading and Writing of the Honors Thesis

    Prior admission to honors candidacy required. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    EAST 1940 S02
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Cayley
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S08
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Brokaw
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Putterman
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Chin
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Li
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Nedostup
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Steinfeld
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Chinese Women, Gender and Feminism from Historical and Transnational Perspectives

    This seminar course is designed to critically re-evaluate (re)presentations of Chinese women, gender, and feminism in historical, literary, and academic discourses. It examines a diverse body of texts produced through different historical periods and in different geopolitical locations. It emphasizes gender as both a historical construct(s) among competing discourses and as a material process of individual embodiment and disembodiment. The goal of the course is to help advanced students understand Chinese history from a distinctly gendered perspective, to recognize women's roles in history and writing, and to develop a reflective, cross-cultural approach to gender, politics, and the self.
    EAST 1950B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • Market Economy, Popular Culture, and Mass Media in Contemporary China

    Course focuses on mainland Chinese cultural and media production since the mid 1980's, when China began transforming itself culturally and economically into a capitalist society with socialist characteristics. Traditional values, socialist legacy, commercial forces, and globalization have all played significant roles in the ongoing transformation. The goal of the course is to examine the complex interactions among diverse historical forces in a rapidly changing China. Course taught in Mandarin Chinese.
    EAST 1950G S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • Translating Japanese: Short Fiction, Poetry, Film and Manga

    This seminar/workshop discusses a broad range of narrative arts produced over the past 100 years in Japan, and practices the art of translating them. Drawing rigor from the field of linguistics and translation theory, we shall make central to our effort of analyzing Japanese cultural productions an attentiveness to the historicity of language and a self-consciousness of our roles as cultural interpreters. While the course will focus on mid-20th century Japanese short fiction, we will also work on poetry, music, manga, animation, and film, depending on the interests of enrolled students. Pre-requisites: JAPN 0600 or equivalent. Instructor permission required.
    EAST 1950H S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
  • From Desktop to Stage: Drama and Performance in Late Imperial China

    This course examines the multiple social and aesthetic functions of late imperial Chinese theatre between 1368 and 1840: theatre as lyrical self-expression, political action,ideological propaganda, and/or religious ritual. Close examination of translated plays and their sociohistoric contexts are combined with multimedial approaches that explore woodblock illustration, stage adaptation, and film related to the selected plays. The course covers topics that range from literati masterpieces, theatrical training, props and costumes, regional theatres, to women’s ballads. Prerequisites: Some knowledge of Chinese history is preferred but not mandated.
    EAST 1951B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
  • Senior Reading and Research: Selected Topics

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    EAST 1990 S01
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S02
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S04
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S08
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S09
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S10
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Exchange Scholar Program

    EAST 2450 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Courses of Interest to Concentrators

    East Asian Studies is a highly interdisciplinary concentration. The following courses in other departments can be taken for concentration credit. Please check the listing of the appropriate department for the time and location of each course.

    Classics
    CLAS 1120Z Literature of Empires
    Religious Studies
    RELS 0072 Asian Classics
    RELS 1445 Sinners and Seers in Japanese Literature
    EAST XLIST 0