Courses for Fall 2017

  • Pop and Political: 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, we’ll focus our attention on the implications of studying culture in relation to popular media and political activism. Topics covered will include: colonial fiction, the re-creation of tradition, the proletarian arts, postwar children's culture, the globalization of popular music, myth in the DPRK, shoji print culture, and East Asian activism.
    EAST 0350 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
  • Modern Korea: Politics, Culture, and Society

    Korea has a long and rich history that often goes underappreciated in the U.S. and other parts of the world. At the same time, studying Korea provides a unique vantage point for understanding major processes in East Asia and the world, both in the past and the present. The aim of this introductory course is to use illuminating aspects of the Korean historical experience to set the path for an educational journey that encompasses not only learning about the Korean past, but also expanding our ability to approach cultural histories, as well as national cultures in general.
  • Literature and Social Inequality in Late Imperial China

    This course explores the social inequality and resistant movements represented in fiction, prose and poetry written in late imperial China. We will read literary works to investigate the inequalities sustained or challenged in five social arenas, namely socioeconomic class, gender, urban/rural division, ethnic distinction, and China/foreign difference. The balanced selection of readings in three major literary genres, written by male and female authors, cover topics including a social uprising, religious cult, legal trial, civil examination, courtesan culture, urban market, multiethnic court, diplomacy, and travel. Prerequisites: None. DPLL
    EAST 0600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
  • China Modern: An Introduction to the Literature of Twentieth-Century China

    A general introduction to modern and contemporary Chinese literature from the May Fourth Movement to contemporary Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. Emphasizes reading of literary works in relation to topics such as cultural tradition, modernity, nationalism, revolution, class, gender, region, cultural commodification, and literary innovations. Readings in English. No previous knowledge of Chinese required.
    EAST 1070 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • Introduction to Japanese Cinema

    This course examines the cinema of Japan, from the 1930s to the present. Students will learn to “read” film as a visual text through a study of the basics of film editing and shot composition and will gain an understanding of cinema as art form, commercial product, and ideological tool through selected articles on film theory and published analyses of the assigned films. In addition, we will place the films within their specific context through a study of Japanese history, religious thought, and cultural trends. DPLL
  • 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
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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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    EAST 1910 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    EAST 1910 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    EAST 1910 S12
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  • 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 1930 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Li
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    EAST 1930 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Cayley
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    EAST 1930 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
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    EAST 1930 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
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    EAST 1930 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
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    EAST 1930 S08
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
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    EAST 1930 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Brokaw
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    EAST 1930 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Putterman
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Chin
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    EAST 1930 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
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    EAST 1930 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    EAST 1930 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Li
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    EAST 1930 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
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    EAST 1930 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
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    EAST 1930 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Nedostup
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    EAST 1930 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Steinfeld
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    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Crafting Early Modern China: Handicraft, Witchcraft and Statecraft

    This course examines how Chinese cultural industry was shaped by socio-political institutions and religious practice between 1400 and 1900 CE. The course highlights the concept of craft, broadly understood as the ways of making artifacts and building social community by using environmental resources and through micro-political negotiations in everyday life. The course aims to equip students in ways to decipher the political, religious and gendered significance embedded in cultural products, including literature and decorative arts. We will explore artifacts from the following categories: literary illustration, painting and calligraphy, seals, ceramics, furniture, and textiles. Prerequisites: None. DPLL
    EAST 1940A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
  • Translating Korean: Fiction, Poetry, Film and K-Pop

    This course explores the theory and practice of translation in the context of Korean cultural production. Each week we shall grapple with a particular issue in translation studies in dialogue with a Korean-language text. By the end of this course students should be able to locate the tools necessary to carry out translations from Korean to English, to demonstrate an understanding of translation as a craft with its own standards, responsibilities, and complexities, and to have completed a significant translation project themselves. Advanced learners of the Korean language as well as native speakers of Korean are welcome. DPLL
    EAST 1950W S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
  • Picturing Korea: History and Memory in South Korean Cinema

    South Korean films have recently shown a thematic preoccupation with the nation’s tumultuous history by presenting diverse stories of past event and experience. They have also rendered different ways to address the issues related to important social developments and cultural phenomena. The aim of this seminar is to think about cinema’s role as a medium for visual storytelling and as a site for producing historical imaginations. Prior coursework on film and media and/or the history of East Asia is required, and students are expected to have a firm grounding in the methods of critical reading, textual analysis, and scholarly argumentation.
  • 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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    EAST 1990 S04
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    EAST 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    EAST 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
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    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
  • 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.

    Religious Studies
    RELS 0080 Japan: Nature, Ritual and the Arts
    EAST XLIST 0