Folklore | CONSTRUCTING TRADITIONS: E. ASIA
F600 | 2441 | Janelli
Description.. Many use the word tradition to describe ideas and practices
handed down from the past, but much recent research argues that apparently
long-standing traditions and the social groups that claim them are
subjectively constituted in the present. This seminar explores the
processes of retrospectively shaping and reshaping local and national
traditions and identities in Korea, China, and Japan. Through a series of
case studies, the course examines the motives, choices, and strategies
attached to claiming historicity for particular ideas, practices, and
identities in such domains as popular religion, local festivals, folk
crafts, the "Confucian" family, and national identity. Particular attention
is given to the role of folklorists and other intellectuals in these
Objectives. The readings and discussions of the assigned texts are aimed at
informing seminar participants of the relevant issues in order to assist
them in formulating a position of their own. The research paper is intended
to offer an opportunity to demonstrate the viability of that position with a
body of substantive information.
Requirements. Each participant is asked to: (1) Submit a series of
one-page synopses setting forth [a] the main point(s) of each week's
assigned reading prior to its discussion in class, and [b] two written
questions for class discussion. These submissions will be graded and will
contribute 25% of the semester's grade. (2) Contribute to class discussions
(25%). (3) Submit a draft of an original research paper relevant to the
seminar (demonstrating that relevance with appropriate references to the
assigned readings) one week prior to its scheduled discussion and endure 30
minutes of constructive criticism from the rest of the class (20%). (4)
Submit a revised research paper of about 20 to 30 pages (30%).
Required Texts. The following are available for purchase at the Indiana
Memorial Union, Aristotle's, and TIS. (Nearly all are available in
paperback.) One copy of each has been placed on reserve at the
Media/Reserves Room of the Undergraduate Library.
Regina Bendix, In Search of Authenticity: The Formation of Folklore
Studies. University of Wisconsin Press, 1997. ISBN: 0299155447
Theodore C. Bestor, Neighborhood Tokyo. Stanford: Stanford
University Press, 1989. ISBN:
Prasenjit Duara, Rescuing History from the Nation: Questioning
Narratives of Modern China. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.
Helen Hardacre, Shinto and the State, 1868-1988. Princeton,
N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1989. ISBN: 0-691-02052-3.
Eric Hobsbawn, and Terrence Ranger, eds., The Invention of
Tradition. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 1983 or 1992.
Marilyn Ivy, Discourses of the Vanishing: Modernity, Phantasm,
Japan. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1995. ISBN: 022638833-6.
Jun Jing, The Temple of Memories: History, Power, and Morality in a
Chinese Village. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.
Laura C. Nelson, Measured Excess: Status, Gender, and Consumer
Nationalism in South Korea. New York: Columbia University Press,
2000. ISBN: 0-231-11617-9.
Hyung Il Pai, Constructing Korean Origins: A Critical Review of
Archaeology, Historiography, and Racial Myth in Korean
State-Formation Theories. Cambridge. Mass.: Harvard University
Asia Center, 2000.
Jennifer Robertson, Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular
Culture in Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. ISBN:
Louisa Schein, Minority Rules: The Miao and the Feminine in
China's Cultural Politics. Durham: Duke University Press, 2000. ISBN:
Stephen Vlastos, ed., Mirror of Modernity: Invented
Traditions of Modern Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press,
1998. ISBN: 0520206371
The following book is out of print and available in the
Media/Reserves Room only. Also, a few required articles are available in
the Media/Reserves Room.
Brian Moeran, Lost Innocence: Folk Craft Potters of Onta,
Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.