Japanese: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LJ 451: Topics in Japanese Literature
    Two topic are offered Fall 2014. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Melodrama. Melodrama as genre of fiction and film with focus on Japanese texts, viewed from a comparative perspective. Reading and discussion in English. Also offered as CAS XL 470 C1. Section B1: Gender in East Asian Film. What roles have cinematic representations played in constructing or challenging gender norms in twentieth century East Asia? How have images of sexuality evolved across linguistic and cultural boundaries in East Asia? Films from China, Japan, and Korea. Also offered as CAS LC 470, CAS LK 470 A1, and CAS XL 382 A1.
  • CAS LJ 480: Japanese Women Writers (in English translation)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 350.
    Close reading of texts by women of the Heian Period (ninth to twelfth centuries). Social, political, psychological concerns of women masked in a "language of longing." Legacy for modern Japanese women writers. Original material where possible. Lectures and texts in English.
  • CAS LJ 481: Topics in Japanese Literature (in English translation)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one Japanese literature course or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2010: Rise of the Modern and Encounter with the West: Japanese Literature 1864-1945. Fiction from the Meiji period through World War II, with attention to the effect on literature of Japan's rapid modernization and increased contact with the West. Works by Ogai, Soseki, Higuchi, and Tanizaki. Lectures and readings in English, originals available.
  • CAS LJ 485: Intensive Kanji 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 385; or knowledge of more than 1000 Kanji.
    Intended for avid learners who already know at least 1000 Kanji. Students become skilled at Jôyô Kanji, learn idiomatic compounds, and are trained in reading advanced materials and writing their own Kanji-rich essays.
  • CAS LJ 491: Directed Study: Japanese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Room 105.
    Application Form available in department.
  • CAS LJ 492: Directed Study: Japanese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Room 105.
    Application Form available in department.
  • CAS LJ 510: The Structure of the Japanese Language
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 112 and CAS LX 250; (or equivalent placement in Japanese).
    Introduction to linguistic analysis of the Japanese language (phonology, word structure, grammar, genetic relationships); social and cultural issues (orthography, honorifics). Assignments geared to individual interests and needs. Conducted in English.