Fourth-Year Japanese I

CAS LJ 403 (4 credits)

Advanced-level reading and discussion in Japanese of selected articles from scholarly journals, essays, and short stories; compositions written in Japanese on topics from readings.

Fourth-Year Japanese II

CAS LJ 404 (4 credits)

Advanced-level reading and discussion in Japanese of selected articles from scholarly journals, essays, and short stories; compositions written in Japanese on topics from readings.

The History of the Japanese Language

CAS LJ 410 (4 credits)

Overview of major issues in the history of Japanese: genetic relationsips, changes in sound system, word and sentence structures, and pragmatics. Special attention to the process leading to the current writing system. Representative texts used to demonstrate different literary languages.

Japanese through Media

CAS LJ 441 (4 credits)

Analysis and discussion of authentic print, digital, visual, and social media while developing a high level of Japanese proficiency, and gaining knowledge of current issues and media literacy. Develops critical reading/viewing skills as well as communicative and intercultural proficiency.

Readings in Japanese Civilization

CAS LJ 445 (4 credits)

Uses the Japanese language to learn about history, society, art, politics, and current issues from Japanese perspectives. Critical engagement with topics in Japanese culture through multiple forms of communication, including reading, writing, discussion, and video. Conducted in Japanese.

Topics in Advanced Japanese

CAS LJ 450 (4 credits)

Topic for Spring 2018: 47 RONIN (Chushingura) in Multiple Media. By exploring cultural aspects of Japan through authentic texts and audiovisual media, advanced language students acquire more sophisticated oral, aural, or written communication skills.

Topics in Japanese Literature

CAS LJ 451 (4 credits)

Topics vary. May be taken multiple times for credit if topic is different. Three topics are offered Spring 2018. Section A1: Tanizaki's Utopias. Tanizaki Jun'ichiro's novels invite readers to imagine other worlds beyond norms of gender, race, and sex. This course pairs Tanizaki's masterpieces with key works of critical theory to explore the promise, and the limits, of literary utopias. In English translation. Also offered as CAS WS 300 B1. Section B1: Trauma, Memory, Literature East and West. Explores how we remember, how memory builds biographies and distinct cultural histories, and how various media represent trauma. Readings include theories of memory, literature of cataclysmic events in Asian and European cultures, of East Asia's history wars, and Holocaust literature. Also offered as CAS LC 470 A1, CAS LK 470 A1, and CAS XL 470 A1. Section C1: The Cold War in East Asia. Explores cinematic and literary reflections on the Cold War in East Asia. Through Korean War blockbusters (JSA and Taegukgi), Japanese trauma narratives, and Chinese spy stories, students compare each society's memory of the war and popular culture. Also offered as CAS LC 470 B1, CAS LK 470 C1, and CAS XL 470 C1.

Japanese Women Writers (in English translation)

CAS LJ 480 (4 credits)

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.

Topics in Japanese Literature (in English translation)

CAS LJ 481 (4 credits)

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.

Intensive Kanji 2

CAS LJ 485 (4 credits)

Intended for avid learners who already know at least 1000 Kanji. Students become skilled at Joyo Kanji, learn idiomatic compounds, and are trained in reading advanced materials and writing their own Kanji-rich essays.

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