Fall 2012 Courses

026. Globalizing India
Rachel Sturman M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 The Hazelton Room (Kanbar 109)
Interrogates contemporary globalization by examining how Indians have interacted with and been shaped by the broader world, with a focus on the last two centuries. Topics include the place of India in the European imagination and vice versa; India’s role in the rise of modern global capitalism and imperialism; and the distinctive features of contemporary globalization.
209. The Arts of Japan
Peggy Wang M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 VAC-Beam Classroom
Surveys ritual objects, sculpture, architecture, painting, and decorative arts in Japan from the Neolithic to the modern period. Topics include ceramic forms and grave goods, the adaptation of Chinese models, arts associated with Shinto and Buddhist religions, narrative painting, warrior culture, the tea ceremony, woodblock prints and popular arts, modernization and the avant-garde.
212. Writing China from Afar
Belinda Kong M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Mass Hall-Faculty Room
The telling of a nation’s history is often the concern not only of historical writings but also literary ones. Examines contemporary diaspora literature on three shaping moments of twentieth-century China: the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945), the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), and the 1989 Tiananmen democracy movement and massacre. Focuses on authors born and raised in China but since dispersed into various Western locales, particularly the United States, England, and France. Critical issues include the role of the Chinese diaspora in the historiography of World War II, particularly the Nanjing Massacre; the functions and hazards of Chinese exilic literature, such as the genre of Cultural Revolution memoirs, in Western markets today; and more generally, the relationship between history, literature, and the cultural politics of diasporic representations of origin. Authors may include Shan Sa, Dai Sijie, Hong Ying, Yan Geling, Zheng Yi, Yiyun Li, Gao Xingjian, Ha Jin, Annie Wang, and Ma Jian.
227. Contemporary Chinese Politics
Christopher Heurlin T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Banister-106
Examines Chinese politics in the context of a prolonged revolution. After a survey of the political system as established in the 1950s and patterns of politics emerging from it, the analytic focus turns to political change in the reform era (since 1979) and the forces driving it. Topics include the political impact of decentralization and marketization, the reintegration into the capitalist world economy, and the development of the legal system. The adaptation by the Communist Party to these changes and the prospects of democratization are also examined.
241. Hindu Cultures
John Holt T 6:30 - 9:25 Adams-406
A consideration of various types of individual and communal religious practice and religious expression in Hindu tradition, including ancient ritual sacrifice, mysticism and yoga (meditation), dharma and karma (ethical and political significance), pilgrimage (as inward spiritual journey and outward ritual behavior), puja (worship of deities through seeing, hearing, chanting), rites of passage (birth, adolescence, marriage, and death), etc. Focuses on the nature of symbolic expression and behavior as these can be understood from indigenous theories of religious practice. Religion 220 is recommended as a previous course.
242. Theravada Buddhism
John Holt M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Hatch Library-012
An examination of the major trajectories of Buddhist religious thought and practice as understood from a reading of primary and secondary texts drawn from the Theravada traditions of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Burma.
246. The Fantastic and Demonic in Japanese Literature
Vyjayanthi Selinger T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Sills-111
From possessing spirits and serpentine creatures to hungry ghosts and spectral visions, Japanese literary history is alive with supernatural beings. The focus of study ranges from the earliest times to modernity, examining these motifs in both historical and theoretical contexts. Readings pose the following broad questions: How do representations of the supernatural function in both creation myths of the ancient past and the rational narratives of the modern nation? What is the relationship between liminal beings and a society’s notion of purity? How may we understand the uncanny return of dead spirits in medieval Japanese drama? How does the construction of demonic female sexuality vary between medieval and modern Japan? Draws on various genres of representation, from legends and novels to drama, paintings, and cinema. Students develop an appreciation of the hold that creatures from the “other” side maintain over our cultural and social imagination.
247. Bollywood, Kollywood and Beyond: Indian Cinema and Society
Sara Dickey M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Adams-202
Explores Indian films, film consumption, and film industries since 1947. Focuses on mainstream cinema in different regions of India, with some attention to the impact of popular film conventions on art cinema and documentary. Topics include the narrative and aesthetic conventions of Indian films, film magazines, fan clubs, cinema and electoral politics, stigmas on acting, filmmakers and filmmaking, rituals of film watching, and audience interpretations of movies. The production, consumption, and content of Indian cinema are examined in social, cultural, and political contexts, particularly with an eye to their relationships to class, gender, and nationalism. Attendance at weekly evening screenings is required.
254. Transnational Chinese Cinema
Shu-chin Tsui T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 HL-311 (third floor)
Introduces students to films produced in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Places national cinema in a transnational framework and explores how cinema as a sign system constructs sociocultural and aesthetic meanings. Students will benefit most by bringing both an open mind toward non-Western cultural texts, and a critical eye for visual art.
256. The Making of Modern India
Rachel Sturman M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Sills-109
Traces the history of India from the rise of British imperial power in the mid-eighteenth century to the present. Topics include the formation of a colonial economy and society; religious and social reform; the emergence of anti-colonial nationalism; the road to independence and partition; and issues of secularism, democracy, and inequality that have shaped post-colonial Indian society.
260. China-Africa Relations in the Global Age
Wendy Thompson Taiwo T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Adams-114
Seminar. China’s meteoric rise as a global economic power has encouraged extensive debate by political pundits, economic analysts, and cultural critics in recent years. Focuses on the debate on the rise of China as a global power on China’s growing influence in Africa—a continent where China has made important inroads in the global era. Through close readings of cultural studies, visual media, and contemporary global analyses, seminar discussions explore the debate on China’s drive for resources and investment in African states; analyze the response of African states to China’s growing influence in the continent; and discuss evolving cultural exchanges and transnational networks between China and Africa. This Sino-African case study provides an interdisciplinary discussion on how we analyze the idea of the nation and transnationalism in the age of globalization.
264. Gender and Family in East Asia
Nancy Riley T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Adams-406
Family and gender are central to the organization of East Asian societies, both historically and today. Uses comparative perspectives to examine issues related to family and gender in China, Japan, and Korea. Using the enormous changes experienced in East Asia in recent decades as a context, explores the place of Confucian influences in these societies, the different roles of the state and economy, and the ways that gender and family have been shaped by and shaped those changes.
275. History of China I: Antiquity and Late Antiquity (2000 B.C.E. to 800 C.E.)
Leah Zuo M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Searles-313
First installment of a three-part introduction to Chinese history. Explores the origins and foundations of Chinese civilization. Prominent themes include the inception of the imperial system, the intellectual fluorescence in classical China, the introduction and assimilation of Buddhism, the development of Chinese cosmology, and the interactions between early China and neighboring regions. Class discussion of historical writings complemented with literary works and selected pieces of the visual arts. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.
276. The Classical Roots of Chinese Thought
Leah Zuo M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Boody-Johnson Seminar Room
Seminar. Addresses Chinese thought from the time of Confucius, ca. sixth century B.C.E., up to the beginning of the Common Era. The first half of the time period nurtured many renowned thinkers, who devoted themselves to the task of defining and disseminating ideas. The latter half witnessed the canonization of a number of significant traditions, including Confucianism. Major problems that preoccupied the thinkers include order and chaos, human nature, the relationship between man and nature, among others. Students instructed to treat philosophical ideas as historically conditioned constructs and to interrogate them in contexts. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.
281. The Courtly Society of Heian Japan
Thomas Conlan M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 HL-311 (third floor)
Seminar. Japan’s courtly culture spawned some of the greatest cultural achievements the world has ever known. Using the Tale of Genji, a tenth-century novel of romance and intrigue, attempts to reconstruct the complex world of courtly culture in Japan, where marriages were open and easy, even though social mobility was not; and where the greatest elegance, and most base violence, existed in tandem. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.
282. Japanese Politics and Society
Henry Laurence M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25 Searles-223
Comprehensive overview of modern Japanese politics in historical, social, and cultural context. Analyzes the electoral dominance of the Liberal Democratic Party, the nature of democratic politics, and the rise and fall of the economy. Other topics include the status of women and ethnic minorities, education, war guilt, nationalism, and the role of the media.
283. The Origins of Japanese Culture and Civilization
Thomas Conlan T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Sills-109
How do a culture, a state, and a society develop? Designed to introduce the culture and history of Japan by exploring how “Japan” came into existence, and to chart how patterns of Japanese civilization shifted through time. Attempts to reconstruct the tenor of life through translations of primary sources, and to lead to a greater appreciation of the unique and lasting cultural and political monuments of Japanese civilization. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.


101. Elementary Japanese I
Mitsuko Numata M 9:30 - 10:25, T 8:30 - 9:55, W 9:30 - 10:25, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Adams-114
An introductory course in modern Japanese language. In addition to mastering the basics of grammar, emphasis is placed on active functional communication in the language, reading, and listening comprehension. Context-oriented conversation drills are complemented by audio materials. The two kana syllabaries and 60 commonly used kanji are introduced. No prerequisite. Followed by Japanese 102.
203. Intermediate Japanese I
Vyjayanthi Selinger M 9:30 - 10:25, T 8:30 - 9:55, W 9:30 - 10:25, TH 8:30 - 9:55 CT-16 Whiteside Room
An intermediate course in modern Japanese language, with introduction of advanced grammatical structures, vocabulary, and characters. Continuing emphasis on acquisition of well-balanced language skills based on an understanding of the actual use of the language in the Japanese sociocultural context. Introduces an additional 100 kanji.
205. Advanced-Intermediate Japanese I
Mitsuko Numata M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Sills-111
Increases students’ proficiency in both spoken and written modern Japanese. A variety of written and audiovisual materials are used to consolidate and expand mastery of more advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary. Includes oral presentation, discussion, and composition in Japanese.


101. Elementary Chinese I
Songren Cui M 8:30 - 9:25, T 8:30 - 9:55, W 8:30 - 9:25, TH 8:30 - 9:55 CT-16 Harrison McCann
A foundation course for communicative skills in modern Chinese (Mandarin). Five hours of class per week. Introduction to the sound system, essential grammar, basic vocabulary, and approximately 350 characters (simplified version). Develops rudimentary communicative skills. No prerequisite. Followed by Chinese 102.
103. Advanced Elementary Chinese I
Yuxia Xiu M 8:30 - 9:25, T 8:30 - 9:55, W 8:30 - 9:25, TH 8:30 - 9:55 HL-311 (third floor)
An accelerated course for elementary Chinese designed for heritage speakers and for students who have had some background in Chinese language. Emphasis on improvement of pronunciation, consolidation of basic Chinese grammar, vocabulary enhancement, reading comprehension, and writing. Five hours of class per week and individual tutorials. Followed by Chinese 104. Students should consult with the program about appropriate placement.
203. Intermediate Chinese I
Yuxia Xiu M 11:30 - 12:25, T 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:25, TH 11:30 - 12:55 HL-311 (third floor)
An intermediate course in modern Chinese. Five hours of class per week. Consolidates and expands the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, with 400 additional characters. Further improves students’ Chinese proficiency with a focus on accuracy, fluency, and complexity. Followed by Chinese 204.
205. Advanced-Intermediate Chinese I
Songren Cui T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Hatch Library-012
A pre-advanced course in modern Chinese. Three hours of class per week. Upgrades students’ linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to explore edited or semi-authentic materials. Followed by Chinese 206.
307. Advanced Chinese I
Shu-chin Tsui T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 HL-311 (third floor)
Designed to develop mastery of the spoken and written language. Emphasis given to reading and writing, with focus on accuracy, complexity, and fluency in oral as well as written expression. Assigned work includes written composition and oral presentations.