A view of Mt. Fuji, photogravure, NYPL

A view of Mt. Fuji, photogravure, NYPL

Spring Courses

COCI C1102 Contemporary Civilization II
Charles Armstrong
M/W 10:10am-11:25, TBA

Taught by members of the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, English and Comparative Literature, French, German, History, Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Slavic Languages, and Sociology; and members of the Society of Fellows. A study in their historical context of major contributions to the intellectual traditions that underpin contemporary civilization. Emphasis is on the history of political, social, and philosophical thought. Students are expected to write at least three papers to complete two examinations, and to participate actively in class discussions.

ASCE V2002 Intro to Major Topics: East Asian
Conrad Schirokauer
M/W 11:40am-12:55, TBA

Mason Gentzler
M/W 1:10pm-2:25, TBA

An interdisciplinary and topical approach to the major issues and phases of East Asian civilizations and their role in the contemporary world.

ASCE V2359 Intro to East Asian Civ: China
Li Feng
M/W 10:10am-11:25, 413 Kent

The evolution of Chinese civilization from ancient times to the twentieth century, with emphasis on characteristic institutions and traditions. Discussion Section Required. Global Core.

ASCE V2361 Intro to East Asian Civ: Japan
Gregory Pflugfelder
M/W 4:10pm-5:25, TBA

A survey of important events and individuals, prominent literary and artistic works, and recurring themes in the history of Japan, from prehistory to the 20th century.

RELI V2405 Chinese Religious Traditions
Zhaohua Yang
TR 2:40pm-3:55pm, TBA

Development of the Three Teachings of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism: folk eclecticism; the contemporary situation in Chinese cultural areas. Readings drawn from primary texts, poetry, and popular prose.

RELI V3411 Tantra in Asia
Michael Como, Rachel McDermott
M/W 10:10am-11:25, TBA

This course is an introduction to the history, literature, and ideology of Tantra and Tantric texts, deities, rituals, and traditions. We proceed chronologically from the early centuries C.E. to current forms of Tantric practice, and primarily cover India, China, and Japan, although attention will also be given to contemporary iterations of Tantra in the West. Questions of definition, transmission, patronage, gender, and appropriation link the various sections of the course. Readings include primary texts, secondary sources, local case studies, and art historical material. One course on Hinduism, Buddhism, or East Asian Religions is recommended, but not required, as background

EAAS V3215 Korean Literature and Film
Theodore Hughes
R 2:10pm-4:00, TBA; Screening T 6:10-8:00

This course traces the history of Korean cinema and literature from the 1930s to the present. Our approach is at once chronological and thematic. Particular attention is given to colonialism, national division, war, gender relations, authoritarianism, urbanization, contemporary consumer culture, and diaspora. What kinds of familial, social, economic, and political relations do these films and literary works envision? We will link films and literary texts to their historical context, noting how representations of people, places, and ideas have changed over time—from colonialism, through poverty and malaise in the aftermath of the Korean War, to North Korea’s continuing search for autonomy in the world system and South Korea’s current position as global economic power and maker of the “Korean Wave.”

CHNS W3302 Introduction to Classical Chinese II
Li Feng
M/W 2:10pm-3:05, F 11:40am-12:35, TBA

Prerequisites: CHNS W3301: Classical Chinese I; completion of three years of modern Chinese at least, or four years of Japanese or Korean.

AHUM V3400 Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia
Jue Guo
T 10:10am-12:00, TBA

William Theodore De Bary
M 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

Max Moerman
T 10:10am-12:00, TBA

AHUM V3399 and AHUM V3400 form a sequence but either may be taken separately. AHUM V3399 may also be taken as part of a sequence with AHUM V3830. Readings in translation and discussion of texts of Middle Eastern, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese origin, including the Analects of Confucius, Mencius, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, the Lotus Sutra, Dream of the Red Chamber, Tale of Genji, Zen literature, Noh plays, bunraku (puppet) plays, Chinese and Japanese poetry.

AHUM V3830 Colloquium on Modern East Asia Texts
Tomi Suzuki
R 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

AHUM V3400 is recommended as background. Introduction to and exploration of modern East Asian literature through close reading and discussion of selected masterpieces from the 1890s through the 1990s by Chinese, Japanese, and Korean writers such as Mori Ogai, Wu Jianren, Natsume Soseki, Lu Xun, Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, Shen Congwen, Ding Ling, Eileen Chang, Yi Sang, Oe Kenzaburo, O Chong-hui, and others. Emphasis will be on cultural and intellectual issues and on how literary forms manifested, constructed, or responded to rapidly shifting experiences of modernity in East Asia. Global Core.

HIST BC3861 Chinese Cultural History
Dorothy Ko
T/R 2:40pm-3:55, TBA

Prerequisites: An introductory Asian history course preferred but not required. Introduction to visual and material cultures of China, including architecture, food, fashion, printing, painting, and the theatre. Using these as building blocks, new terms of analyzing Chinese history are explored, posing such key questions as the meaning of being Chinese and the meaning of being modern.

HSEA W3881 History of Modern China II
Eugenia Lean
T/R 10:10am-11:25, TBA

A critical examination of the cultural, social and political experiments that swept China starting in the late nineteenth-century and lasting until the 1970s after the end of the Mao era.

HSEA W3898 History of the Mongols
Morris Rossabi
T 10:10am-12:00, TBA

Study of the role of the Mongols in Eurasian history, focusing on the era of the Great Mongol Empire. The roles of Chinggis and Khubilai Khan and the modern fate of the Mongols to be considered.

INSM W3921 Nobility & Civility II
William Thedore De Bary
W 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

A team-taught multicultural, interdisciplinary course examining traditions of leadership and citizenship as they appear in the key texts of early Indian, Islamic, Far Eastern, and Western civilizations. One goal is to identify and examine common human values and issues evident in these texts while also recognizing key cultural differences.

EAAS W3934 The Tea Ceremony: Understanding Japanese Culture through the History and Practice of Tea
Ariel Stillerman
T 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

The focus of this course is the Japanese Tea Ceremony, or chanoyu. It introduces the world of the first medieval tea-masters and follows the transformation of chanoyu (lit. ‘water for tea’) into a popular pastime, a performance art, a get-together of art connoisseurs, and a religious path for samurai warriors, merchants, and artists in Early Modern Japan. It also explores the metamorphosis of chanoyu under 20th century nationalisms and during the postwar economic boom, with particular attention to issues of patronage, gender, and social class. Each session will cover a different aspect of chanoyu, focusing on a rigorous analysis of historical texts (primary sources) and of modern studies and current research (secondary sources). Understanding chanoyu requires experiencing it in person and through one’s own hands. For this reason, in addition to text-based learning this course offers students access to the actual rare materials that are at the heart of chanoyu. They will participate in a tea ceremony at the teahouse of the New York branch of the traditional Urasenke school of tea and they will get hands-on access to the hidden treasures of the Japanese collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they will be able to interact with historical artifacts.

INDS W3950 Friendship in Asia/Western Civilization
Rachel Chung
W 4:10pm-6:00, TBA

The colloquium studies ideals and practices of friendship in East Asia and the West. How have two great civilizations understood exemplary friendship in changing historical settings? Literary, historical and social science approaches. Students are expected to participate actively and to write a substantial paper, working closely with one or both instructors.

EAAS W4562 Transnational Identities in E / Inner Asia
Annabella Pitkin
R 11:00am-12:50, TBA

This course examines networks of mobility and connection linking Chinese, Tibetan, Himalayan, and Inner Asian people, places, and institutions to each other, and to other regions of Asia and the world. We will look at examples of transregional identities as they emerge out of trade, religious networks, patronage networks, educational travel, pilgrimage, diaspora migrations, labor migrations, and modern day leisure travel, focusing on the period from the late 19th century to the present. What social formations, economic developments, or religious ties emerge from transregional flows of people, things, and ideas? How have East and Inner Asian individuals negotiated hybrid identities produced by cross-cultural encounters? In addressing these questions we will consider issues of identity, language, nationalism and transnationalism, religious affiliation and globalization.

HSEA G4223 China and the World Since 1350
Masato Hasegawa
M 12:10pm-2:00, TBA

As we examine the history of China in the modern period, we notice the indelible and profound mark that wars, armed uprisings, and violence have left on collective consciousness and social and state structures. On a social level, the impact of large-scale violence often transcended territorial boundaries both locally and nationally. Historical sources also show that countless families and communities were left disintegrated as a consequence of intra- and inter-regional military conflict. This course will examine a wide array of war experiences in China in the modern period, roughly defined as the period from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries. We will ask how the history of war might shed light on the lives of ordinary people in China. Particular attention will be paid to war experiences behind the front lines and the nature of the relation between war and society during and in the wake of battle. The general course format consists of class discussion on, and close analysis of, the assigned readings, which will include monographs by contemporary scholars as well as primary materials in translation. Some background knowledge of Chinese history will be helpful. No knowledge of the Chinese language is required.

EAAS G4360 Kurosawa (Seminar)
Paul Anderer
M 6:10pm-8:00, TBA; Screening M 8:10-10:00

Long before the take-off of anime, many of the most powerful modern Japanese stories were made with living actors, on film.  Certain cinematic styles, and several Japanese directors, warrant close, sustained attention (Ozu and Mizoguchi, among others) though none more so than Kurosawa Akira (1910-1998). His iconic stature, within Japan but also outside it, deserves scrutiny and continuing analysis. Kurosawa completed thirty feature films and contributed to the making of many others. Even in a seminar like this one, it will not be possible to carefully examine all of them.  But his major black and white films, which he made between his debut in 1943 (under wartime censorship) and the mid-1960s, can be substantially engaged.  This represents a body of work as ranging and potent as that of any director of the 20th century.  It is also rough-hewn, uneven, in a broad sense, experimental.  A close engagement with over a dozen of these films, along with the readings—in biography, in literary/film/art/performance criticism and theory, on prewar and postwar Japanese society and culture —should dispel the static myths that surround Kurosawa, and generate new ways to recognize how his work gathers force and claims urgency, well into our time.

CHNS W4008 Readings in Classical Chinese
Gopal Sukhu
T/R 10:10am-11:25, TBA

Prerequisite for W4007: CHNS W3302 or the equivalent. Prerequisite for W4008: CHNS W4007 or the equivalent. Admission after placement exam. Focusing on Tang and Song prose and poetry, introduces a broad variety of genres through close readings of chosen texts as well as the specific methods, skills, and tools to approach them. Strong emphasis on the grammatical and stylistic analysis of representative works.

JPNS W4008.001 Readings in Classical Japanese
Tomi Suzuki
T 10:10am-12:00, TBA

Prerequisite for W4007: CHNS W3302 or the equivalent. Prerequisite for W4008: CHNS W4007 or the equivalent. Admission after placement exam. Focusing on Tang and Song prose and poetry, introduces a broad variety of genres through close readings of chosen texts as well as the specific methods, skills, and tools to approach them. Strong emphasis on the grammatical and stylistic analysis of representative works.

JPNS W4008.002 Readings in Classical Japanese: Calligraphic Writing
Haruo Shirane
TBA, TBA

This course introduces students to the basics of kuzushiji, or calligraphic writing, as found in both manuscripts and woodblock printing in the medieval and early modern periods. The material will be drawn from a range of genres, beginning with waka, or classical Japanese poetry. Prerequisite: Introduction to Classical Japanese and permission of the instructor.

RELI W4011 Lotus Sutra: East Asian Buddhism
Max Moerman
T 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

Examines some central Mahayana Buddhist beliefs and practices through an in-depth study of the Lotus Sutra. Schools (Tiantai/Tendai, Nichiren) and cultic practices such as sutra-chanting, meditation, confessional rites, and Guanyin worship based on the scripture. East Asian art and literature inspired by it.

CLEA W4101 Lit. Cultural Theory: East/West
Pau Pitarch Fernandez & Myra Sun
T 4:10pm-6:00, TBA

This course examines the universalism of major literary and cultural theories from the 20th century to the present with a focus on the centrality of comparative reasoning (commensurability/incommensurability, the logic of inclusion/exclusion, etc.) that sustains such universalism. Our goal is to develop methods for analyzing the literary and cultural productions of East Asian societies in conversation with other traditions and for understanding global processes in China, Japan, and Korea in particular. Topics of discussion include, for example, text and context, writing and orality, genre, media technology, visual culture, problems of translation, social imaginary, imperial and colonial modernity. Our readings include narrative theory, structural linguistics, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, critical translation studies, postmodernism, and postcolonial scholarship. Select literary works and films are incorporated to facilitate our understanding of theoretical issues and to test the validity of all universalist claims we encounter in the course. Students are strongly encouraged to think critically and creatively about any theoretical arguments or issues that emerge in the course of our readings and discussions rather than treat theoretical idiom as an instrument to be applied to a literary text. Our expectation is for students to develop interpretive and analytical skills that are essential to the task of interpreting literary, cultural, and historical texts as well as society and the world.

EAAS G4102 Critical Approach to East Asia Society
Annabella Pitkin
T 11:00am-12:50, TBA

Prerequisites: Instructor’s permission required. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). Introduces students to social science research on East Asia (primarily China, Korea, and Japan) by examining, first, the role of culture and the state in East Asian development, second, the social and political consequences of economic development.

EAAS G4160 Cultures of Colonial Korea
Theodore Hughes
T 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

This course examines the processes of colonization that played a central role in locating Korea in an integrated world in the first half of the twentieth century. We will analyze the ways in which the intersections among an array of contemporary global issues and concerns (to name a few— social Darwinism, migration, urban space, gender, sexuality, militarism, race, liberalism, socialism, capitalism) shaped the modern experience in Korea under Japanese rule (1910-1945). Our approach will be multidisciplinary. We will look, for example, at art, architecture, literature, film, philosophy, religion, and historiography. Throughout, we will pay special attention to the place of Korea and Koreans in the expanding Japanese empire and, more broadly, in the global colonial context. Class will be held as a discussion seminar based on close reading of primary-source documents and recent scholarship.

EAAS G4227 East Asia / Rise of Global Middle Class
Jamyung Choi
R 12:10pm-2:00, TBA

This course looks at East Asian history through the rise of a global middle class. What is a “middle class” and how did the idea evolve in East Asia? How has the middle class in East Asia converged and diverged from global trends? How was the idea of a middle class driven politics, economics, education, and gender, or vice versa? What role has the middle class played in the shared and divergent histories of Japan and China? How have middle-class experiences become the dream of the social mainstream in East Asia?

EARL G4310 Life-Writing in Tibetan Buddhist Literature
Gray Tuttle
T 12:10pm-2:00, TBA

This course engages the genre of life writing in Tibetan Buddhist culture, addressing the permeable and fluid nature of this important sphere of Tibetan literature. Through Tibetan biographies, hagiographies, and autobiographies, the class will consider questions about how life-writing overlaps with religious doctrine, philosophy, and history. For comparative purposes, we will read life writing from Western (and Japanese or Chinese) authors, for instance accounts of the lives of Christian saints, raising questions about the cultural relativity of what makes up a life’s story. Global Core.

EAAS G4545 Culture & Art in Contemporary Tibet
Robert Barnett
M 4:10pm-6:00, TBA

In this course, we study films, poems, stories, paintings, pop songs and other forms of cultural product that have been made by Tibetans in the last 3 or 4 decades, together with some made by others in their name or in their areas. We discuss questions of identity, survival, history and the politics of representation. We’ll look at questions about cultures and continuity; about whether and how we as outsiders can come to understand or interpret the culture of a country whose language and history we may barely know; about the interplay of texts, politics, and power; and about ways of reading and interpreting artworks and the meanings that they generate in politically charged societies and communities.

EAAS W4548 Tibetan Cultures and Societies
Annabella Pitkin
R 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

This course introduces students to major themes and issues in traditional and contemporary Tibetan culture. Key topics include conceptions of sacred landscape, the human body as a microcosm of the universe, and the social order, including contested ideas of regional identity and of ‘Tibet” itself. We examine these themes via Buddhist and non-Buddhist literature, poetry, epic, auto/biographies, traditional histories, medical texts, pilgrimage guides, travelers’ accounts, ritual materials, and artistic works, as well as though ethnographies and related studies. There will be several NYC field trips and 4 required films. No language or other prerequisites.

HIST BC4861 Body Histories: Footbinding
Dorothy Ko
T 4:10pm-6:00, TBA

Using the binding of women’s feet as a window, this seminar explores the intricacies of Chinese culture, history, and gender politics. We seek to understand footbinding from multiple perspectives and in different frames: modern feminist critique, Chinese nationalist discourse, premodern Chinese family politics, women’s material culture, and technologies of bodily modification.

HSEA W4870 Japan Before 1600
David Lurie
M 4:10pm-6:00, TBA

Through deep consideration of human experience in the Japanese archipelago from the 14th millennium B.C.E. through the 16th century C.E., this course introduces fundamental problems of the cultural, political, social, and economic history of the premodern world. Each class meeting centers on primary source materials, but readings from various English-language secondary sources are also assigned. The course is loosely organized around particular places or spaces of premodern Japan, but these topoi are considered in terms of interconnections with mainland East Asia, especially China and Korea, and also in a broader comparative framework. This is an introductory, discussion-based class intended for undergraduates. No prior knowledge of Japanese history is required, and all course readings are in English.

HSEA G4875 Japanese Imperialism in East Asia
Kim Brandt
M 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

HSEA G4890 Historiography of East Asia
Gregory Pflugfelder
T 4:10pm-6:00, TBA

Major issues in the practice of history illustrated by a critical reading of the important historical work on East Asia.

HSEA G4893 Family in Chinese History
Robert Hymes
T 12:10pm-2:00, TBA

The history of the Chinese family, its changing forms and cultural expressions: marriage and divorce; parent and child; clan and lineage; ancestor worship; the role of women; the relation of family and state; Western parallels and contrasts. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B.

 

Graduate

EAAS G6200 MA Workshop/East Asian History
Kim Brandt
T 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

This graduate workshop focuses on the substance and practice of history writing about East Asia. It is intended for, and enrollment is limited to, Master’s Degree candidates in East Asian history in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Although there is no prerequisite, some prior knowledge of East Asian history is assumed. The instructor’s permission is required for registration.

EAAS G6400 Critical Approaches to East Asia
Hikari Hori
R 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

This graduate seminar has two objectives: (1) to familiarize EALAC graduate students with the major paradigms of contemporary literary and cultural theory in order to generate critical contexts for understanding and analyzing East Asian literature and culture in a comparative framework; (2) to provide students with strategies for writing the MA thesis. The seminar takes up a wide but interrelated range of issues, including nationalism, colonialism, cultural translation, structuralism/poststructuralism, narrative theory, gender and sexuality, visual culture, postmodernism. This course is intended for, and restricted to graduate students in East Asian literature and cultural studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. It is a requirement for EALAC MA students in literary and cultural studies. Instructor’s permission is required for registration.

CPLS G8020 Critical Translation Theory
Lydia Liu
R 4:10pm-6:00, TBA

This course introduces one of the fastest growing fields of Critical Translation Studies across the disciplines of literature, anthropology, philosophy, and information technology. We will examine the conditions of comparative work and the relevance of translation theory to postcolonial interrogations of historicity and universalism. We will ask how “value” functions with respect to linguistic and economic circulation and why philological investments in translational/transnational exchange matter to political will. Readings in the first half of the seminar revolve around the issues of cultural translation, fetishism, colonial encounter, material and symbolic exchange. We will pay close attention to the insights that non-literary disciplines bring to bear on the episteme of translation within broadly conceived categories of inscription, materiality, and technology. In the second half, we will examine the ways in which theory and technoscience are mutually embedded in literary modernism and consider where translation stands in relation to the growing hegemony of imperial coding machines. Our goal is to remap the conceptual terrains of translation theory in such a way that encourages innovation, intellectual rigor, and self-reflection. The seminar serves as a starting point for an open and ongoing discussion on the methods and aims of new translation studies and their implications for comparative literature as a discipline.

EAAS G8050 Visual & Pop Culture in Modern Japan
Hikari Hori
T 6:10pm-10:00 (includes film screening), TBA 

The goal of the course is to provide students a set of critical theories, visual and film theories and essential Japanese visual and popular texts in translation. The introduction of these existing scholarship as well as the primary sources should serve as an important tool for students (1) to overview the important issues and notions of the field, and (2) to familiarize themselves with the visual media. Course readings and texts are in English, but optional readings of primary sources (in Japanese) will be also provided for advanced Ph.D. students.

The course this year focuses Japanese prewar and wartime films and photography, but it also examines Colonial Korean films, Russian avant-garde films, and British WWII documentary films in comparison.

HSEA G8862 Colloquium on Modern Korean History
Charles Armstrong
R 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

This course introduces students to recent and important scholarly works on Korea in the twentieth century. The focus this year will be on various binary oppositions that have emerged in the course of Korea’s modern social and political history: traditional/modern, colonizer/colonized, backwardness/development, Left/Right, North/South, authoritarian state/popular opposition, homeland/diaspora, etc. All required readings will be in English but supplementary materials in Korean are also suggested.

HSEA G8880 Colloquium on Modern Chinese History
Eugenia Lean
M 12:10pm-2:00, TBA

Broadly speaking, this colloquium addresses the socio-political and cultural-intellectual history of modern China, and will provide a foundation for understanding central concerns to historians of modern China. By focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, moving through the end of the Qing into the Republic and ending with the post-1949 period, the course examines the shift from empire to nation-state and then, to Party-state, along with China’s negotiation of a new and shifting global order and its attendant circuits of imperialism, science and capitalism. It introduces important historiographical debates, including dynastic collapse, nationalism, rise of publics, revolution and citizenship, ethnicity, “semicolonialism,” consumerism, and science and technology. Different methodological approaches will also be considered. Students will compare a social history approach with cultural history, contrast studies of longue duree with microhistory, and examine studies that take as a central point of analysis class, gender, race, and/or global history.

This colloquium is particularly recommended for PhD students planning to do an orals field in modern Chinese history. Students will have the opportunity to explore potential research topics as well as work on mock proposals that may become the basis for grant and dissertation proposals.

HSEA G8883 Topics in the Middle Period of Chinese History
Robert Hymes
W 4:10pm-6:00, TBA

An ongoing graduate, colloquium-style introduction to the state of the field of Chinese history of the middle period, cycling through the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties (not necessarily in that order) in different years; the period in any year is chosen with some consideration of the interests of current graduate students. Readings are in English and very occasionally other European languages, and topics range by week across issues of current concern mainly in social and cultural history, with some focus on economic and institutional history as well. A final research paper or state-of-the-field paper is required.

CHNS G9023 Biopolitics / Lit. Realism Modern China
Lydia Liu
T 4:10pm-6:00, TBA

This seminar explores literary realism in modern China as an object of interdisciplinary inquiry. We will examine how literary form presupposes a philosophy of life and ask why new modes of realism in modern fiction and pictorial representation should be reevaluated in light of the contemporaneous developments in biological science and philosophical inquiries. Our goal is to reformulate the theoretical framework of literary realism and make it relevant to the perceived paradigm shift in modern evolutionary biology which appears to favor a bio-mimetic understanding of life as form. Besides revisiting Yan Fu’s translation of T.H. Huxley’s Evolution and Ethics, Lu Xun’s interest in biogenetics and Buddhist literature, and the much publicized philosophical debate on “Science and Metaphysics” in 1923, we will investigate a core group of late-Qing translations of medical and biological texts, treatises and pictorial renderings of human physiology and pathology, visual representations of race and sexuality, confessional narrative, and public discussions of national hygiene and eugenics. Theoretical texts in the history of science, feminism, psychoanalysis, and postcolonial scholarship are included to throw new light on the primary material and raise comparative issues on the sources of scientific truths and the power of literary and visual representation in modern China and around the world.

JPNS G9060 Topics in Japanese Literary Studies
Shojo Manga in Modern Japan
Haruo Shirane and Yuika Kitamura
T 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

Prerequisite: Instructor’s Permission

The objective of the spring 2015 course is to study the emergence and development of shōjo manga (girl’s comic books) in the modern period. The course begins with an examination of the emergence and development of school girls’ culture in the prewar period, with particular focus on the development of the shōjo shōsetsu (girl’s novel) serialized in magazines for school girls such as Shōjo on tomo (Friend of the Girl). Next, the class examines the rise of shōjo manga in the 1960s and the new stage in shōjo manga from the 1970s in relationship to the genre of Buldungsroman and to new techniques of literary and visual expression. The course will then take up another new stream of shōjo manga in the 1970s as well as the girls’ culture (characterized by such notions as “cute culture”) in relation to the social position of young women (girls), and the central theme of love.

HSEA 9300 Sources for Modern Tibetan History
Gray Tuttle
T 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

This course is designed for graduate students in the EALAC department’s Tibetan Studies graduate program who are preparing to engage in research. The course will serve to introduce these students to many of the major sources for modern Tibetan history, as well as the primary reference works. Students will also generate two annotated bibliographies of material relevant to their own research: the first a Western language bibliography of relevant materials & the second a Tibetan and Chinese language bibliography of relevant materials. These will serve as the basis for the students’ final paper, which will survey the state of the field on their selected research topic. To ensure that students are engaging with texts, they will be expected to submit written translations of primary sources, as assigned. Students will also be expected to complete research exercises with which they can start conducting research on their particular topic of interest. Reading knowledge of Tibetan and/or Chinese is expected (consult instructor if you don’t meet these requirements). Students will also work closely with Tibetan Studies librarian Lauran Hartley, parts of whose guide to the Tibetan resources of the Starr Library have been incorporated into this syllabus. Students may work together on the research exercises, but translations should be done on an individual basis.

RELI G9036 Chinese Buddhist Literature
Zhaohua Yang
R 4:10pm-6:00

Prerequisites: Instructor’s permission. Selected readings in Chinese Buddhist literature. Buddhist apologetics: miracle tales; biographies of monks, nuns, and lay devotees; poems and novels with Buddhist themes; “precious volumnes”; Tunhuang documents; monastic rules, ritual and meditation manuals; writings of modern Buddhist masters and scholars. Knowledge of Chinese is required.

EARL G9400 Readings in Japanese Religion
Michael Como
M 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

This course is designed for advanced graduate students in need of introduction to non-Buddhist as well as Buddhist sources for the study of pre-modern Japanese religion. The course may be repeated for credit.

HSEA G9844 Arch. Of Everyday Lifeworld in Early China
Jue Guo
T 2:10pm-4:00, TBA

This seminar explores the multifaceted everyday lifeworld in early China. Through examining primarily archaeologically recovered texts, pictorial depictions, and artifacts reflecting daily life conditions and activities from late Warring States period to the fall of the Han Empire (i.e., ca. 3rd century B.C.E. – 2nd century C.E.), we will look into the various ways that these materials can be utilized to bring to light the everyday life details in early China and help us to more fully reimagine early China as a whole.

HSEA G9875 Motoori Norinaga
David Lurie
W 4:10pm-6:00, TBA

An advanced graduate seminar dedicated to the thought of Motoori Norinaga (1730-1801), considering his place in the intellectual history of early modern Japan through close reading of extensive selections from his writings on religion, poetry, grammar and phonology, Heian and Nara period literature, and other topics. Classical Japanese proficiency required; kanbun reading skills desirable but not mandatory.