ASIAN 2211

ASIAN 2211

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

This course serves as a general introduction to the study of Japan in the humanities and social sciences. We focus on different themes that have dominated debates and conversations (primarily within Japan but also from outside, influencing internal understandings) about what constitutes Japaneseness. Our discussions examine how these themes are addressed in different academic disciplines. We will explore ways different groups of Japanese people (intellectuals, bureaucrats, business people, religious figures, etc.) have imagined themselves as members of a collectivity or nation, and how these ways of framing identity have been picked up, celebrated, contested and projected back onto Japan by people outside of Japan. We are particularly interested in the following frames of Japaneseness:  1) Japan the divine nation; 2) Japan the aesthetic country; 3) Japan the warrior nation; 4) Japan the industrious economic miracle; and 5) Japan the vanishing and/or hypermodern.  For each section of the course, we will explore how a particular frame is presented as "truth," how the frame gets produced,  consumed and understood, and some of the implications of the frame as a mode of cultural self-knowledge.

When Offered Fall, Winter, Summer (not offered every year).

Breadth Requirement (GHB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS)
Course Subfield (GE)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  7588 ASIAN 2211   LEC 001

  •  7589 ASIAN 2211   DIS 201

  •  7590 ASIAN 2211   DIS 202

  •  7591 ASIAN 2211   DIS 203

  •  7592 ASIAN 2211   DIS 204