Spring 2012 Courses

SPRING 2012 Japanese Language Courses

EALJ10112/11112 First Year Japanese II

This course is designed for students who have completed the equivalent of First Year Japanese I. The goal of this class is to gain an acquisition of the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in Japanese.  Students will learn to read and write Hiragana, Katakana, and approximately 130 Kanji.  This course covers Chapters 7-12  in Nakama lFirst Year Japanese II is a 5 credit course; students should enroll in one MWF (EALJ 10112) section and one TR (EALJ 11112) lab.

EALJ 10112 01 First Year Japanese II MWF 09:35-10:25      

EALJ 10112 02 First Year Japanese II MWF 11:45-12:35      

EALJ 10112 03 First Year Japanese II MWF 01:55-02:45      

EALJ 11112 01 First Year Japanese II Lab TR 09:30-10:20  

EALJ 11112 02 First Year Japanese II Lab TR 11:00-11:50  

EALJ 11112 03 First Year Japanese II Lab TR 02:00-02:50  


EALJ 20212/21212 Second Year Japanese II

This course is designed for students who have completed Second Year Japanese I or its equivalent. Students will build on their acquisition of the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening; they will increase their fluency in both speaking and listening, construct increasingly longer and more complex sentences, and recognize and produce approximately 370 kanji.  This course covers Chapters 6-11 in Nakama II.  Second Year Japanese II is a 5 credit course; students should enroll in one MWF (EALJ 20212) section and one TR (EALJ 21212) lab.

EALJ 20212 01 Second Year Japanese II MWF 10:40-11:30                         Setsuko Shiga

EALJ 20212 02 Second Year Japanese II MWF 01:55-02:45                         Setsuko Shiga

EALJ 21212 01 Second Year Japanese II Lab TR 12:30-01:20                     Setsuko Shiga

EALJ 21212 02 Second Year Japanese II Lab TR 02:00-02:50                     Setsuko Shiga


EALJ 30312 Third Year Japanese II MWF 10:40-11:30                                               Noriko Hanabusa

EALJ 31312 Third Year Japanese II Lab T 03:30-04:20                                              Noriko Hanabusa

A course designed for students who have completed Third Year Japanese I or its equivalent.  Students will develop their understanding of Japanese culture, comparing the cultural differences between their own society and that of contemporary Japan.  Students will build on their reading, writing, speaking, and listening abilities, conversing in paragraphs, not just sentences. Third year Japanese II is a 4 credit course; students must enroll in both the MWF section and the TR lab.


EALJ 40412 Fourth Year Japanese II MWF 12:50-01:40                                 Setsuko Shiga

This is a course for students who have completed Fourth Year Japanese I or its equivalent. Students will build on their acquisition of the four basic language skills — reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  Students will practice narration and description and will apply more critical and analytical reading and interpretive skills. This course covers parts of Chapters 13-15 in Chuukyuu No Nihongo (An Integrated Approach to Japanese), supplemented with authentic materials such as newspaper articles and video clips.


EALJ 50512 Advanced Japanese II MWF 11:45-12:35                                                Noriko Hanabusa

Advanced Japanese is a three-credit course for students who have completed Advanced Japanese I or its equivalent. This course takes students beyond the grammar-centered approach of textbooks to the study and discussion of original materials produced in Japanese for everyday Japanese consumption. Course mate­rials include excerpts from short stories, poetry, letters, social criticism, academic writing, newspaper articles, and video clips. Students may repeat the course more than once, as the content of the course changes according to the needs and interests of the students enrolled.


SPRING 2012 East Asian Literature and Culture Courses

LLEA 13186 01 Literature University Seminar  TR 09:30-10:45        Robert Gimello

Pilgrimage is a religious practice long known and valued in all of the world’s major religious traditions, but most of us are much more familiar with Christian or Muslim pilgrimage (e.g., to Jerusalem, Rome, Canterbury, Santiago de Compostela, or Mecca) than with pilgrimage in the great religions of South, Southeast, Central, and East Asia. This course will focus especially on pilgrimage in Buddhism, most particularly (but not exclusively) on Buddhist pilgrimage in China and Japan, and is designed not only to acquaint students with the general nature of pilgrimage as a universal religious practice but also with the various aspects of Asian sacred and secular cultures that are displayed in Buddhist pilgrimage practices and at the sites to which pilgrims travel. Textual materials in which pilgrimage and sacred destinations are inscribed and interpreted will be our chief sources, but these will be amply supplemented by visual materials (photographs, films, etc.).


LLEA 13186 02 Literature Univiversity  Seminar  TR 02:00-03:15      Michael Brownstein

In Japan’s classical literature, love is often seen as a kind of “demonic” or spiritual possession, an out-of-body passion so powerful that it transcends even death. In this course we will explore how this view of love was depicted in Japanese fiction and drama, beginning with an abridged edition of Murasaki Shikibu’s epic of courtly love, The Tale of Genji (ca. 1000 A.D.). We will then read a selection of medieval Noh plays, which typically dramatize the problem of love-as-obsession from a Buddhist perspective. Finally, we will explore how the relationship between love and death was depicted in the popular fiction and drama of the 17th and 18th centuries as found in such works as Ihara Saikaku’s Five Women Who Loved Love (1685) and Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s immortal play, The Love-Suicides at Amijima (1721).


LLEA 30101 01 Chinese Ways of Thought  TR 11:00 -12:15                Lionel Jensen

Requiring no knowledge of Chinese language, this lecture and discussion course on the intellectual history, philosophy, and religion of China introduces the student to the life experience and “world-picture” of Chinese as they have been drawn from ancient local traditions, as well as the cult of the dead and worship and sacrifice to heroes. Through a close reading of primary texts in translation, it also surveys China’s grand philosophical legacy of Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism with an eye to comprehending the ethical substrate of the supernatural and the everyday upon which modern philosophy and religious experience were built.


LLEA 30280 International Relations in East Asia MWF 10:40-11:30                          Peter Moody

This course explores the interactions of the states and societies in the East Asian region, focusing mainly on the relationships of China and Japan, their interactions with each other and with the outside "Asian" powers, the United States, and Russia (Soviet Union). The first set of class discussions examines the China-centered system in East Asia prior to the intrusion of the new world system carried by Western imperialism. The course then turns to a discussion of this western impact: the colonization of most of the Southeast Asian societies, the reduction of China to a "semi-colony" and the subsequent process of revolution, both nationalist and communist, in that country, Japan 's turn to "defensive modernization" and its own imperialism to ward off the West and claim status as a great power on a par with the Western countries.



LLEA 30303  01 Introduction to Korea and Korean Culture TR 09:30-10:45                         Jung-Hyuck Lee

This introductory course is designed for students without extensive prior knowledge of Korea or Korean culture. Diverse aspects of Korea such as natural environment, religion, family relations, thought, literature, and arts will be sur­veyed. Throughout this course, students will be able to gain a greater appreciation and knowledge of Korean culture and literature, allowing them to engage in more advanced, in-depth study in subsequent semesters. The traditional culture of Korea will be an important focus of this course, enriching students’ understanding of Korean society and culture.


LLEA 30403 01 Chinese Literary Traditions TR 02:00 -03:15                                                 Xiaoshan Yang

This survey course introduces students with little or no knowledge of Chinese culture to the major themes and forms of pre-modern Chinese literature. Readings (in English translation) are drawn from a variety of genres, including poetry, fiction, essays, and drama.  Students are encouraged to bring in their experience of reading Western literature in order to form a comparative perspective.


LLEA 30602 01 Modern Japan MW 03:00 -04:15                                                          Julia Thomas

This introduction to modern Japanese history focuses on political, social, economic, and military affairs in Japan from around 1600 to the early post-World War II period. It considers such paradoxes as samurai bureaucrats, entrepreneurial peasants, upper-class revolutionaries, and Asian fascists. The course has two purposes: (1) to provide a chronological and structural framework for understanding the debates over modern Japanese history, and (2) to develop the skill of reading texts analytically to discover the argument being made. The assumption operating both in the selection of readings and in the lectures is that Japanese history, as with all histories, is the site of controversy. Our efforts at this introductory level will be dedicated to understanding the contours of some of the most important of these controversies and judging, as far as possible, the evidence brought to bear in them.


LLEA 33317 01 The Samurai in Classical Japanese Literature TR3:30 -4:45                                             Michael Brownstein

The sword-wielding samurai warrior is perhaps the most familiar icon of pre-mod­ern Japan, one that continues to influence how the Japanese think of themselves and how others think of Japan even in modern times. Who were the samurai? How did they see themselves? How did other members of Japanese society see them in the past? How did the role and the image of the samurai change over time? To answer these questions, we will explore the depiction of samurai in various kinds of texts: episodes from quasi-historical chronicles, 14th-century Noh plays, 17th-century short stories, and 18th-century Kabuki and puppet plays. While some of these texts emphasize themes of loyalty, honor, and military prowess, others focus on the problems faced by samurai in their domestic lives during times of peace. The last part of the course will be devoted to the most famous of all stories, The Revenge of the 47 Samurai. Students will read eyewitness accounts of this vendetta, which occurred in 1702, and then explore how the well-known Kabuki/puppet play Chushingura (A Treasury of Loyal Retainers 1748) dramatizes the conflicting opinions surrounding it. All readings will be in English translation and no previ­ous knowledge of Japan is required.


LLEA 20115 01 Religion and the Visual Arts in Christianity and Buddhism  TR 02:00-03:15        Robert Gimello

A study of the ways in which religious ideas and values are conveyed in images as distinct from texts, focusing on major works of art (paintings, sculptures, architecture) from the Christian along with comparable with and equivalent works from the Buddhist tradition, and addressing especially the many arguments and tensions abounding in religion about the proper role of the visual arts in religion.


LLEA 46498 01 Directed Readings

Requires "contractual agreement" with the professor prior to scheduling. For advanced students who wish to pursue an independent research project reading advanced materials.


SPRING 2012 Honors Track Program

LLEA 58412  Japanese Honors Thesis

Majors in Japanese are strongly encouraged to pursue the honors track. Those who are interested must meet the following criteria:

  • Fulfillment of all the requirements for a first major of 30 credit hours in Japanese; 
  • Completion of fourth year Japanese;
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and a GPA of at least 3.7 in the major or permission from the Department Chair.

Requirements:  In addition to the 30 hours required for a major, the honors track requires the completion of a senior honors thesis that demonstrates the student’s originality and ability to do research in the field of study.  

  • Students are admitted into the honors track in the spring semester of their junior year and will enroll in a year-long course of study in the fall semester of their senior year.
  • Students are encouraged to apply for summer research grants between their junior and senior year to prepare for writing their senior honors thesis.  Summer research grants for this purpose are available on a competitive basis from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), the Kellogg Institute, the Office for Undergraduate Studies, the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Excellence (CUSE), among others.
  • The senior honors thesis is a year-long, one on one experience with a faculty member that comprises two semester courses of 3 credit hours each.
  •  The fall semester course may be a regularly scheduled upper division course or an individually designed course with the thesis advisor; these 3 credit hours may count toward the major.
  • The spring semester course is the senior thesis writing course; for completion of this course, the student receives 3 credits beyond the 30 credits required for the major.
  • The senior honors thesis must be submitted by the College deadline of late March or early April that is announced each year in the fall.