Japanese

First-Semester Japanese

CAS LJ 111 (4 credits)

Introduction to spoken and written Japanese and to fundamentals of Japanese grammar with oral drills and written exercises.

Second-Semester Japanese

CAS LJ 112 (4 credits)

Introduction to spoken and written Japanese and to fundamentals of Japanese grammar with oral drills and written exercises.

Third-Semester Japanese

CAS LJ 211 (4 credits)

Elaboration and refinement of the fundamental skills introduced in CAS LJ 111, 112 with an introduction to reading and composition.

Fourth-Semester Japanese

CAS LJ 212 (4 credits)

Elaboration and refinement of the fundamental skills introduced in CAS LJ 111, 112 with an introduction to reading and composition. Satisfactory completion of CAS LJ 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement.

Masterpieces of Japanese Literature (in English translation)

CAS LJ 250 (4 credits)

An introduction to Japanese literary history. Topics include mythic beginnings, conceptions of nature and death, flowering of a court aesthetic, the writer as hermit-sage, the Tokugawa stage and its love suicides. Use of literary and visual materials. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

Modern Japanese Literature (in English translation)

CAS LJ 251 (4 credits)

Introduction to modern Japanese literature. Naturalism and its critics, rise of the I-novel, Taisho aestheticism, proletarian literature, postwar and post-recession crises of cultural identity, cell phone novels. Works by Natsume Soseki, Hayashi Fumiko, Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Oe Kenzaburo, and Tsushima Yuko.

Gateway to Asian Cultures

CAS LJ 260 (4 credits)

Panoramic introduction to the cultures of East and South Asia in comparative perspective (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, India). Examines shared foundations, transformative inflection points, sites, peoples, and ideologies over the past two millennia through primary texts and media. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS CAS LC 260, CAS LK 260, CAS LN 260, and CAS XL 260.

Japanese Civilization (in English translation)

CAS LJ 281 (4 credits)

Survey of Japanese history, art, and contemporary culture.

The Samurai in Myth and History

CAS LJ 282 (4 credits)

Explores how samurai, Japan's (in)famous warrior class, defined themselves, and how others have portrayed them in literature, art, plays, film, and animation from ancient times to the present. Investigates why samurai ideals have become the most widely recognized Japanese "tradition." Also offered as CAS HI 370.

Modern Japanese Culture in Cinema (in English translation)

CAS LJ 283 (4 credits)

Major modern Japanese films are interpreted in the light of Japanese culture. Film scripts and the important literary sources are read in English; films are shown with subtitles. Also Offered as CAS CI 260.

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