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

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  • CAS LJ 450: Topics in Advanced Japanese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 303; or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2016: Japanese Culture through Food. Explores the culture and aesthetics of Japanese food through its portrayal in literature, cinema, popular culture, as well as elements of its history. Students learn using authentic texts and audiovisual materials. Taught in Japanese.
  • CAS LJ 451: Topics in Japanese Literature
    Topic for Fall 2016: Living Heian Japan. Explores life, love, and death during Japan¹s Golden Age through texts, artifacts, and media. Topics include everyday life and feasting in Kyoto, politics and intrigue, family and romance, travel and adventure, sainthood and salvation, diplomacy and Silk Road trade. Conducted in English Fall 2016.
  • CAS LJ 481: Topics in Japanese Literature (in English translation)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one Japanese literature course or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2016: Boys and Girls in Japan. The "girl" (shoujo) and the "boy" (shounen) as important figures in Japanese modernity. Theories of gender and sexuality. Literature for and about youth, including coming-of-age novels, manga, and contemporary criticism on youth culture. Also offered as CAS WS 305 A1.
  • 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 Advising.
    Application Form available in department.
  • CAS LJ 492: Directed Study: Japanese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Advising.
    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.