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Courses :: CULS C701 Topic: Topics in East Asian Studies: The "Other" in Japanese Lit and Film

Joint-listed with E505: Topics in East Asian Studies: The "Other" in Japanese Lit and Film (graduate)

*This course graduate students only.
This class meets with EALC-E 300 and EALC-E 505, same topic.

No prerequisites; knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary.

This lecture/discussion course examines modern Japanese literature and film (in English translation) that focus on the idea of "Otherness." Spanning a broad timeframe from the late nineteenth century to the present, the class will explore issues including: race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, minority politics, and various identities of "Otherness" such as geisha and gangsters. By analyzing fiction and film, we will question the idea of a historically and culturally homogeneous Japan, and consider the notion of the "Other" from a theoretical point of view. Students will be evaluated on class attendance, discussion participation, essays and exams.