Spring 2013 Courses

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138. Everyday Life in India and Pakistan
Sara Dickey T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Adams-208
Focuses on contemporary life in India and Pakistan by looking at everyday experiences and objects. Explores topics such as teen cyberculture, painted truck designs, romance fiction, AIDS activism, and memories of violence. These seemingly mundane topics offer a window onto larger cultural processes and enable us to examine identities and inequalities of gender, religion, caste, class, ethnicity, and nationality. Sources include ethnographic texts, essays, fiction, government documents, newspapers, popular and documentary films, and YouTube videos.
201. Literature of World War II and the Atomic Bomb in Japan: History, Memory, and Empire
Vyjayanthi Selinger T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Adams-114
A study of Japan’s coming to terms with its imperialist past. Literary representations of Japan’s war in East Asia are particularly interesting because of the curious mixture of remembering and forgetting that mark its pages. Postwar fiction delves deep into what it meant for the Japanese people to fight a losing war, to be bombed by a nuclear weapon, to face surrender, and to experience Occupation. Sheds light on the pacifist discourse that emerges in atomic bomb literature and the simultaneous critique directed towards the emperor system and wartime military leadership. Also examines what is missing in these narratives—Japan’s history of colonialism and sexual slavery—by analyzing writings from the colonies (China, Korea, and Taiwan). Tackles the highly political nature of remembering in Japan. Writers include the Nobel prize-winning author Ôe Kenzaburô, Ôoka Shôhei, Kojima Nobuo, Shimao Toshio, Hayashi Kyoko, and East Asian literati like Yu Dafu, Lu Heruo, Ding Ling, and Wu Zhou Liu.
216. Asian Diaspora Literature of World War II
Belinda Kong T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Mass Hall-Faculty Room
Seminar. Focuses on World War II as a global moment when modernity’s two sides, its dreams and nightmares, collided. Emphasis on contemporary Asian diaspora Anglophone fiction that probes the exclusions and failures of nation and empire—foundational categories of modernity—from both Western and Asian perspectives. On the one hand, World War II marks prominently the plurality of modernities in our world: as certain nations and imperial powers entered into their twilight years, others were just emerging. At the same time, World War II reveals how such grand projects of modernity as national consolidation, ethnic unification, and imperial expansion have led to consequences that include colonialism, internment camps, the atom bomb, sexual slavery, genocide, and the widespread displacement of peoples that inaugurates diasporas. Diaspora literature thus constitutes one significant focal point where modernity may be critically interrogated.
217. Forbidden Capital: Contemporary Chinese and Chinese Diaspora Fiction
Belinda Kong T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Mass Hall-McKeen Study
“To get rich is glorious!”—so goes the slogan popularly attributed to Deng Xiaoping, who ushered 1980s China into an era of economic liberalization. Examines post-Tiananmen fiction from Mainland China as well as the diaspora that responds to, struggles with, and/or satirizes the paradoxes of socialist capitalism. Critical issues include representations of the Communist Party and the intertwined tropes of corruption and consumption, and sometimes cannibalism; debates on the democratizing promise of capital, with attention to the resurgence of nationalism and the geopolitics of the Beijing Olympics; and the new identities made possible but also problematic by this era’s massive transformations of social life, along the axes of sexuality, gender, and class.
219. Religion and Fiction in Modern South Asia
John Holt T 6:30 - 9:25 CT-16 Whiteside Room
A study of the Hindu and Buddhist religious cultures of modern South Asia as they have been imagined, represented, interpreted, and critiqued in the literary works of contemporary and modern South Asian writers of fiction and historical novels.
221. Afro-Asian Encounters: Reading Comparative American Racial Experiences
Wendy Thompson Taiwo T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Chase Barn Chamber
Seminar. Surveys a breadth of historical and contemporary encounters between African Americans and Asian Americans in the United States. Begins with the earliest waves of Asian immigration in the mid-nineteenth century and ends with contemporary critiques of Blackness and Asianness in what some call a post-racial era. Students learn how various political, economic, and social shifts have contributed to the racial positioning of Black and Asian peoples in relation to dominant white American culture and to each other and what this means in relation to the stratification of racial identities in America. Readings center on themes of shared experiences with and conflict over labor, community-building, interracial relationships, foodways, popular representations, and public perception.
223. Mahayana Buddhism
John Holt M 6:30 - 9:25 Adams-406
Studies the emergence of Mahayana Buddhist worldviews as reflected in primary sources of Indian, Chinese, and Japanese origins. Buddhist texts include the Buddhacarita (“Life of Buddha”), the Sukhavati Vyuha (“Discourse on the ‘Pure Land’”), the Vajraccedika Sutra (the “Diamond-Cutter”), the Prajnaparamitra-hrdaya Sutra (“Heart Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom”), the Saddharmapundarika Sutra (the “Lotus Sutra”), and the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, among others.
234. Politics in East Asia
Henry Laurence M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 Searles-215
A broad survey of political systems across East Asia, including China, Japan, and North and South Korea. Central topics include twentieth-century political development, democratization, human rights, and the political roles of women. Also examines current international relations in the region
237. Sex and the Politics of the Body in Modern India
Rachel Sturman M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Sills-209
Seminar. Explores changing conceptions of the body, sexuality, and gender in South Asia, with a focus on modern formations since the late eighteenth century. Topics include arranged marriage; courtesanship and prostitution; ideas of purity and defilement; gender, sexuality, and nationalism; and the emergence of a contemporary lesbian/gay/queer movement.
258. Politics and Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century India
Rachel Sturman M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Adams-208
Examines the new forms of politics and of popular culture that shaped twentieth-century modernity in India. Topics include the emergence of mass politics, secular and religious nationalism, urbanization and the creation of new publics, violence and popular media, modern visual culture, democracy and social movements, and the politics of development. Focuses on the relationship between new sociopolitical forms and new technologies of representation and communication.
265. United States-China Relations
Christopher Heurlin T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Searles-215
Examines the development of United States relations with China. Begins with a brief historical examination of the Opium War, then examines United States policy towards the Nationalists and the Communists during the Chinese Civil War. In the aftermath of the civil war and subsequent revolution, the role of China in the Cold War will be discussed. Then focuses on more contemporary issues in United States-China relations, drawing links between the domestic politics of both countries and how they influence the formulation of foreign policy. Contemporary issues addressed include human rights, trade, the Taiwanese independence movement, nationalism, and China’s growing economic influence in the world.
266. Chinese Women in Fiction and Film
Shu-chin Tsui M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 HL-311 (third floor)
Approaches the subject of women and writing in twentieth- and early twenty-first-century China from perspectives of gender studies, literary analysis, and visual representations. Considers women writers, filmmakers, and their works in the context of China’s social-political history as well as its literary and visual traditions. Focuses on how women writers and directors negotiate gender identity against social-cultural norms. Also constructs a dialogue between Chinese women’s works and Western feminist assumptions.
271. History of China II: Middle and Late Imperial Periods (800-1800)
Leah Zuo M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Sills-209
Second installment of a three-part introduction to Chinese history. Begins with the conditions shortly before the Golden Age (Tang Dynasty) collapses, and ends with the heyday of the last imperial dynasty (Qing Dynasty). Major topics include the burgeoning of “modernity” in economic and political patterns, the relation between state and society, the voice and presence of new social elites, ethnic identities, and the cultural, economic, and political encounters between China and the West.
273. Science, Technology, and Society in China
Leah Zuo M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 CT-16 Whiteside Room
Seminar. Examines Chinese science and technology in the cultural, intellectual, and social circumstances. Surveys the main fields of study in traditional Chinese science and technology, the nodal points of invention and discovery, and important conceptual themes associated with natural studies since antiquity to the early twentieth century. Prominent themes include astronomy and court politics, alchemy and Daoism, printing technology and books, the dissemination of Western natural science, among others. Reading materials reflect the interdisciplinary approach of this course and include secondary literature on cultural, intellectual history, ethnography, and the sociology of scientific knowledge.
284. The Emergence of Modern Japan
Thomas Conlan T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Adams-406
What constitutes a modern state? How durable are cultures and civilizations? Examines the patterns of culture in a state that managed to expel European missionaries in the seventeenth century, and came to embrace all things Western as being “civilized” in the mid-nineteenth century. Compares the unique and vibrant culture of Tokugawa Japan with the rapid program of late-nineteenth-century industrialization, which resulted in imperialism, international wars and, ultimately, the postwar recovery.
311. Historicizing Contemporary Chinese Art
Peggy Wang M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25 VAC-Picture Study
Traces the development of contemporary art in China over the past 30 years in light of vast market and political reforms. Considers how contemporary Chinese artists and their work have been affected by globalization, urbanization, and nationalism. Also studies how art critics and art historians have interpreted trends according to binaries such as global/local, East/West, and modern/traditional. Covers a range of media including oil, ink, performance, installation, video, and photography. Interrogates such questions as: How do artists reconcile collective historical memory with expressions of individuality? How do Zen Buddhism and postmodernism intersect in contemporary Chinese art?
333. Advanced Seminar in Chinese Politics
Christopher Heurlin T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 CT-16 Harrison McCann
Seminar. Asks the question: Why was China not only able to survive the collapse of international communism after the Cold War but become an economic superpower? Drawing on evidence from the past twenty years, examines the sources of strength and fragility in the regime. Areas of focus include elite politics and the Communist Party, reform of the state-owned sector, the rise of private entrepreneurs, social protest, religion, and corruption. Class is discussion-based and assignments include short writing responses and a research paper.
380. The Warrior Culture of Japan
Thomas Conlan M 1:00 - 3:55 38 College St-Conf Room
Explores the “rise” of the warrior culture of Japan. In addition to providing a better understanding of the judicial and military underpinnings of Japan’s military “rule” and the nature of medieval Japanese warfare, shows how warriors have been perceived as a dominant force in Japanese history. Culminates in an extended research paper.

Chinese Language

102. Elementary Chinese II
Songren Cui M 8:30 - 9:25, T 8:30 - 9:55, W 8:30 - 9:25, TH 8:30 - 9:55 CT-16 Whiteside Room
A continuation of Chinese 101. Five hours of class per week. Covers most of the essential grammatical structures and vocabulary for basic survival needs and simple daily routine conversations. Introduction to the next 350 characters (simplified version), use of Chinese-English dictionary. Followed by Chinese 203.
104. Advanced Elementary Chinese II
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)
A continuation of Chinese 103. An all-around upgrade of communicative skills with an emphasis on accuracy and fluency. Cover more than 1,000 Chinese characters together with Chinese 103. Propels those with sufficient competence directly to Advanced-Intermediate Chinese (205 and 206) after a year of intensive training. Followed by Chinese 203 or 205 with instructor’s approval.
204. Intermediate Chinese II
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)
A continuation of Chinese 203. Five hours of class per week. Further develops students’ communicative competence and strives to achieve a balance between the receptive and productive skills. Students learn another 400 characters; read longer, more complex texts; and write short compositions with increasing discourse cohesion. Followed by Chinese 205.
206. Advanced-Intermediate Chinese II
Songren Cui T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 38 College St-Conf Room
A continuation of Chinese 205. Three hours of class per week. Focuses on the improvement of reading comprehension and speed, and essay writing skills. Deals particularly with edited and/or authentic materials from Chinese mass media such as newspapers and the Internet. Followed by Chinese 307.
308. Advanced Chinese II
Shu-chin Tsui M 2:30 - 3:25, W 2:30 - 3:25, F 11:30 - 12:25 HL-311 (third floor)
Continuation of Chinese 307.

Japanese Language

102. Elementary Japanese II
Mitsuko Numata M 9:30 - 10:25, T 8:30 - 9:55, W 9:30 - 10:25, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Sills-207
A continuation of the fundamentals of Japanese grammar structures and further acquisition of spoken communication skills, listening comprehension, and proficiency in reading and writing. Introduces an additional 90 kanji.
204. Intermediate Japanese II
Vyjayanthi Selinger M 9:30 - 10:25, T 8:30 - 9:55, W 9:30 - 10:25, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Sills-209
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.
206. Advanced-Intermediate Japanese II
Mitsuko Numata M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Sills-111
A continuation and progression of materials used in Japanese 205.