Courses for Spring 2021

  • Japan's Floating World

    An introduction to visual, literary, and dramatic expressions of Japan’s moral and aesthetic values in the early modern period (17th-19th centuries). We will seek to identify recurring intellectual and cultural patterns, as illustrated in woodblock prints, Kabuki, puppet theatre, and popular fiction, with an eye to connections with later popular culture. Course materials are primary readings in translation, secondary scholarship, and audiovisual works. No previous knowledge of Japan or Japanese language is expected.
    EAST 0310 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sawada
  • Empire and its Aftermath: Modern Culture in Japan and the Koreas

    This course introduces the modern cultures of Japan and Korea through an examination of events, artifacts, and cultural practices. With a broad understanding of culture as a general process of artistic and intellectual development, as a body of material artifacts, and as a social practice of ordinary life, attention will be brought to the relationship of high culture, popular media and political activism to the abiding structures of empire. Topics covered may include: early colonial fiction, the re-creation of tradition, the proletarian arts, myth in the DPRK, ethnic minority experience, the globalization of popular culture, girls' culture, and translational activism.
    EAST 0350 S01
    If the number of students exceeds 19, students will rotate into the classroom weekly.
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
  • Beyond Gangnam Style: Seoul, Dislocation, and the Search for Place

    Seoul has become a celebrated cultural hub both within Asia and globally. However, underneath the glitter of modernity visible in the urban sprawl of Seoul’s “Gangnam Style” are forgotten stories, stratified claims, and a tumultuous history covering 35 years of Japanese rule, a war, and the ongoing presence of 28,500 American troops. This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to Seoul incorporating history, urban culture, literature and visual media, and engage key concepts informing the burgeoning field of Korean studies. Attention will be given to contestations over space, IT infrastructure, architectural spaces, and the emergence of new subjectivities.
    EAST 0533 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Choi
  • Literature, Science, and Technology in China

    This course explores relations between Chinese science, technical know-how, and literary writings in early modern and contemporary China. The course encourages students to re-define science and technology in the context of China’s changing Confucian education system, booming market economy, and the multiethnic empire and explores the impact of imperial legacy in scientific imagination in contemporary China. By drawing on materials from local museums as well as latest Chinese science fictions, we will investigate the ways in which knowledge about medicine, handicrafts, and foreign lands transformed the form and content of novels and belle-lettres.
    EAST 0620 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
  • Language, Culture, and Society: Korea

    This course aims to look into the interaction between language, culture and society. It will specifically examine the role of language in myriads of social contexts with special focus on Korean society. Topics to be covered in this course include language contact (e.g. with Japan and China), language variation (e.g. regional, generational, gender), language and identity, language and social class, language perceptions and attitudes, language education in a social context, and so on. Knowledge of the Korean language is preferred but not required.
    EAST 0650 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • Two Koreas

    This course aims to look beyond larger regional politics and the security issues to the “invisible” North Korea – its culture, everyday life, films, and literature, within the general parameters of peninsular Korean history. We will begin with a detailed look into the formation of the North and South Korean states, and will continue on, focusing on the cultural and political history of North Korea. Most effort will be given, however, to dismantling conventional media coverage and representations, and to understanding how symbols, propaganda and media have affected the lives of millions of North Koreans in their everyday lived experiences.
    EAST 1293 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Choi
  • Silk Road Fictions

    The course introduces students to cross-cultural comparative work, and to critical issues in East-West studies in particular. We will base our conversations on a set of texts related to the interconnected histories and hybrid cultures of the ancient Afro-Eurasian Silk Roads. Readings will include ancient travel accounts (e.g., the Chinese novel Journey to the West, Marco Polo); modern fiction and film (e.g., Inoue Yasushi, Wole Soyinka); and modern critical approaches to the study of linguistic and literary-cultural contact (e.g., Lydia Liu, Emily Apter, Mikhail Bakhtin, Edward Said). Topics will include bilingual texts, loanwords, race and heritage, Orientalism. No prior knowledge of the topic is expected and all texts will be available in English.
    EAST 1310 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chin
  • Returnees in China's Modernization

    This course examines the impact on contemporary China of returnees, people who having left China to study abroad have now returned home and become reintegrated into society.  Focusing on a series of in-depth studies of returnees who have carved out professional identities in the commercial world, the state, and civil society. The returnee experience will be examined from 2 angles:  the manner by which contemporary returnees negotiate Chinese tradition and Western learning, and the differences between this cohort's experience and that of previous generations of returnees in China’s now century and a half long period of modernization.
    EAST 1500 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
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    EAST 1910 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
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    EAST 1910 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
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    EAST 1910 S05
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
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    EAST 1910 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
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    EAST 1910 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    EAST 1910 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
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    EAST 1910 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    EAST 1910 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
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    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
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    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
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S08
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Brokaw
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Putterman
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Chin
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Li
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Nedostup
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Steinfeld
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • 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
    If the number of students exceeds 19, students will rotate into the classroom weekly.
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
  • 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
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S02
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S04
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    EAST 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S08
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S09
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S10
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
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    I: Independent Study/Research