Unveiling New EALC Courses & Fall 2014 Course List Updates

East Asian Languages & Cultures is happy to announce three new courses that are debuting in Fall 2014:

Gender and Sexuality in Korean Culture I (KREN-341)

Instructor: Prof. Min Koo Choi

This course will look at the ways in which love, sex, and marriage are conceptualized and enacted in Korea through the formation of culture. Rather than looking at love, sex, and marriage as pre-existing and unchanging entities, this course will pay attention to how the constitutive nature of human feeling, physical desire, and the ways of institutionalizing them has shifted over time. In order to explore these aspects of cultural formation as they have occurred in Korea, we will explore various genres of cultural products, such as the historical record, literary texts such as poetry and the novel, the personal essay, visual art, news articles, cartoons, and film. Gender and Sexuality in Korean Culture I will address at length traditional culture as it was shaped in the Chosŏn dynasty, and modern culture before and during the Japanese colonial rule. It would be intriguing to look at the way in which neo-Confucian values regulating the conduit of erotic sentiment between men and women and the relative status of gender roles in marriage are not only reproduced and enforced but also ruptured by means of a new impetus of imagination reflected in the texts. Also, the modern culture of love, sex, and marriage imported in response to the colonial encroachments of westernized modern Japan provides a critique of the traditional virtues and introduces a new concept of love and marriage that create contradictory and conflicting ideas in various texts. By taking this course, students will learn how Korean people articulate love, sex, and marriage in various forms of culture through different stages of the socio-historical moment and will then compare this with American cultural formation. The student will deal with primary Korean texts and the class will be conducted in Korean.

Modern Japanese Short Stories (JAPN-356)

Instructor: Prof. Kevin Doak

This class will expose the student to some of the best examples in the genre of short stories (tanpen shōsetsu) in modern Japanese literature, with an emphasis on the postwar period. Focusing on short stories will allow the student to sample in one semester a greater variety of styles and idiomatic structures than longer works like novels would, and the student will enjoy being able to finish more stories. Particularly goals of this class include enhanced skill in reading modern Japanese, improved comprehensive of literate Japanese as demonstrated through precise and eloquent English translation, and a more sophisticated understanding of the dynamics of modern Japanese culture through appreciation of the content of the stories.

Japanese Science Fiction (JAPN-415)

Instructor: Prof. Michael McCaskey

This course is an introduction to recent works belonging to the realm of science fiction in Japan, mainly in the form of stories, manga, and film. Materials to be analyzed include:

Texts: Steven Brown’s Tokyo Cyberpunk (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Mamatas & Washington’s The Future Is Japanese (San Francisco: Haika Soru, 2012), Van Troyer and Davis,Speculative Japan, vols. 1 & 2 (Tokyo: Intercom Ltd., 2007 & 2011), and Brooke’s Strange Divisions & Alien Territories: The Sub-Genres Of Science Fiction (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Manga: Akira, 20th Century Boys

Film: Akira, 20th Century Boys, The Sinking of Japan, Paprika, Battle Royale

Basho's Travels (JAPN-417)

This course is a literary, geographic and socio-historical study of the work of the world-famous Japanese poet Matsuo Basho (1644-1694). Basho spent much of his adult life traveling around Japan. These journeys were pilgrimages through scenic areas, and Basho set down his impressions in poetic travel journals along the way. They were also part of Basho’s main literary activity and a means of making a living, since Basho would meet with local circles of haiku poets in the towns along his route, where he would give lectures and lessons in poetic composition, and lead them in composing chains of verse. Both Basho’s travel journals and joint poetic creations en route would be published, adding to Basho’s reputation and attracting new fans and patrons around the country.

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