EAST ASIAN STUDIES 170L

JAPAN: ITS CULTURE AND HERITAGE

Fall 2002

 

Instructor: Susanna Fessler ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Office: Humanities 210

Office Hours: T Th 1:00-2:00 and by appointment ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Phone: x24119

e-mail: fessler@albany.edu

 

Course Description:

††††††††††† This course will introduce the major elements of Japanese Culture. An interdisciplinary approach will be followed, drawing from the fields of history, anthropology, literature, art, religion, and philosophy. The course will trace the development of Japanese culture from prehistory to modern times. Emphasis will be placed on historical trends that have helped shape and form the culture as a whole.

††††††††††† This course is lecture-intensive. The reading is meant to be supplemental, not the core of course material. Therefore, attendance is essential. Attendance will be taken daily and students are expected to attend class regularly unless extenuating circumstances prevent it. Questions and comments are welcome at all times.

 

Required Texts:

††††††††††† (V) Japanese Culture (3rd edition) by H. Paul Varley

††††††††††† (R) The Japanese Today by Edwin O. Reischauer

††††††††††† (T) In Praise of Shadows by Junichir « Tanizaki

††††††††††† Note: Syllabus and course materials are on-line: http://www.albany.edu/eas/170/index.htm

 

Testing and Grading:

††††††††††† Both the mid-term exam and the final exam will consist of short-answer and essay questions. A sample of a past mid-term exam is posted on the World Wide Web at http://www.albany.edu/eas/170exam.html . In addition to the exams, students are required to write one 1500-word paper. ††† A simple map assignment at the beginning of the semester will be the only "homework" of the class.

††††††††††† Grading will be based on the following criteria:

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Map Assignment: ††††††††† 5%

††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5-page Paper: ††††††††††††††† 30%

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mid-term Exam: ††††††††††† 25%

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Final Exam: †††††††††††††††††† 25%

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Attendance: ††††††††††††††††† 15%

 

††††††††††† This syllabus is a non‑negotiable contract. I agree to teach the topics listed below, and to grade you on the criteria listed above. I consider a grade of "Incomplete" to be for emergencies (death in the family, extreme illness, etc.), not for students who fail to plan ahead. I do not curve grades. I do not give extra credit assignments. My grading scale is as follows: 93-100%=A; 90-92%=A-; 87-89%=B+; 83-86%=B; 80-82%=B-; 77-79%=C+; 73-76%=C; 70-72%=C-; 67-69%=D+; 63-66%=D; 60-62%=D-; 0-59%=E.

††††††††††† If you want to check on your performance at any point in the semester, feel free to come to my office and we'll run through the numbers. If there are extenuating circumstances that you anticipate will unduly affect your grade, it is your responsibility to speak with me IN ADVANCE.

 


††††††††††††††††††††††† Topic †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading

Sept. 3 ††† T ††† Course Introduction; Land & Language ††††††††††††† R: 3-36; 381-394

††††††††† 5 ††† Th Jomon, Yayoi & Kofun Periods †††††††††††††††††††††††† V: 1-16

 

††††††††† 10 T ††† FILM: Shinto Histories and Art ††††††††††††††††††††††††† None

††††††††† 12 Th Introduction to Buddhism †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Map Assignment Due

 

††††††††† 17 T ††† Confucianism & Taoism/ Chinese Influences †††††††††††††††††† V: 17-44

††††††††† 19 Th Taika Reforms/Nara Period †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† None

 

††††††††† 24 T ††† Heian Period ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† V: 45-71

††††††††† 26 Th Rise of the Warrior Class †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† V: 72-82

 

Oct. ††† 1 ††† T ††† Medieval Japan ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† V: 83-123

††††††††† 3 ††† Th FILM: Dramatic Arts & Theater †††††††††††††††††††††††† None

 

8          T ††† The Arrival of Westerners ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† V: 124-145

10 Th Warring States Period ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† None

 

††††††††† 15 T ††† Review Session (Attendance Optional) †††††††††††††† None

††††††††† 17 Th MIDTERM EXAM †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† None

 

††††††††† 22 T ††† Paper Information Session ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† None

††††††††† 24 Th Tokugawa Arts & The Way of the Warrior ††††††††††††††††††† V: 146-189

 

††††††††† 29 T ††† Neo-Confucianism/ National Learning ††††††††††††††† V: 181-202

††††††††† 31 Th Meiji Restoration †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† V: 203-237/ R: 78-86

 

Nov. †† 5 ††† T ††† Turn of the Century ††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† V: 238-266/ R: 87-94

††††††††† 7 ††† Th Militarism & Fascism & WWII ††††††††††††††††††††††††† R: 95-102

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1st Draft Due

 

††††††††† 12 T ††† The Occupation & Its Influence ††††††††††††††††††††††††† R: 103-120

††††††††† 14 Th Social Organization & Modern Religion ††††††††††††† R: 125-174; 203-215

 

††††††††† 19 T ††† Modern Literature ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† V: 267-308

††††††††† 21 Th Modern Literature, conít.

 

††††††††† 26 T ††† Mass Culture & Uniqueness †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† R: 216-227; 395-412;

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2nd Draft Due

††††††††† 28 Th NO CLASS--THANKSGIVING †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ------

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

Dec. †† 3 ††† T ††† Education & Modern Aesthetics †††††††††††††††††††††††† T: All

††††††††† 5 ††† Th Film: The Japanese Version ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† None

 

††††††††† 10 T ††† Review Session (Attendance Optional) †††††††††††††† None