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Japanese

Spring 2014

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Language Courses

JPN 1102. Elementary Japanese II.
Hiroo Aridome.

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.

JPN 1102. Elementary Japanese II.
Hiroo Aridome.

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.

JPN 2204. Intermediate Japanese II.
Vyjayanthi Selinger.

A continuation of Japanese 2203 (203) with the introduction of more advanced grammatical structures, vocabulary, and characters.

JPN 2204. Intermediate Japanese II.
Vyjayanthi Selinger.

A continuation of Japanese 2203 (203) with the introduction of more advanced grammatical structures, vocabulary, and characters.

JPN 2206. Advanced-Intermediate Japanese II.
Hiroo Aridome.

A continuation and progression of materials used in Japanese 2205 (205).

Asian Studies Courses Related to Japan


ASNS 2270. The Fantastic and Demonic in Japanese Literature.
Vyjayanthi Selinger.

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.

ASNS 3300. Advanced Seminar in Japanese Politics.
Henry Laurence.

Analyzes the political, social, and cultural underpinnings of modern politics, and asks how democracy works in Japan compared with other countries. Explores how Japan has achieved stunning material prosperity while maintaining among the best healthcare and education systems in the world, high levels of income equality, and low levels of crime. Students are also instructed in conducting independent research on topics of their own choosing.