FALL 2013 Courses

Fall 2013 Korean Language Courses

EALK 10111/11111 First Year Korean I                                                                          Yeonhee Yoon

This introductory course is designed to provide beginners with a solid foundation in modern Korean starting from the Korean alphabet.  Throughout the course we will focus on the balanced development of the four basic language skills of speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing.   At the end of semester students will be able to understand and articulate some basic idiomatic expressions and some basic grammatical patterns (e.g., sentence structure, speech levels, verb tenses) in conversation and writing and develop their understanding of aspects of Korean culture.  First Year Korean I is a 5 credit course; students should enroll in both the MWF (EALK 10111) section and the TR (EALK 11111) lab.

EALK 10111 01 First Year Korean I              MWF 9:25-10:15

                EALK 11111 01 First Year Korean I Lab      TR 9:30-10:20


 EALK 20211/21211 Second Year Korean I                                                                   Yeonhee Yoon

This intermediate course is for learners who have completed one year of college-level Korean or the equivalent.  It is designed to continue building students’ language skills with an emphasis on enhancing their speaking ability, writing skills, and the usage of more complex constructions.  The language of instruction will be in Korean, and students are expected to use the target language as much as possible.  There will be 7 lessons (Lessons 1-7) covered in Integrated Korean: Intermediate I, with supplementary activities relevant to each lesson.  Moreover, approximately 35 Chinese characters will be introduced for the achievement of basic literacy and the expansion of vocabulary.   Second Year Korean I is a 5 credit course; students should enroll in both the MWF (EALK 20211) course and the TR (EALK 21211)lab.

EALK 20211 01 Second Year Korean I       MWF 10:30-11:20

                EALK 21211 01 Second Year Korean I Lab TR 11:00-11:50

FALL 2013 Literature and Culture Courses


LLEA 13186 01 Literature University Seminar                                                                          Michael Brownstein TR 2:00-3:15

In this course, we will study six novels by modern Japanese writers (in English translation) as a way of exploring the theme of "otherness" — the sense of being an outsider, of being different, or at odds with a society that values conformity, "fitting in", above all. The novels are: Silence by Shusaku Endo, Kokoro by Natsume Soseki, Masks by Enchi Fumiko, The Woman in the Dunes by Abe Kobo, A Personal Matter by Oe Kenzaburo, and "Kitchen" by Yoshimoto Banana. By reading, discussing, and writing about these novels, you will also have the opportunity to explore how fictional narratives work to produce meaning, share your critical insights with others and improve your writing skills.


LLEA 30101 01 Chinese Ways of Thought                                                                      Lionel Jensen TR 9:30-10:45

This lecture and discussion course on the religion, philosophy, and intellectual history of China that introduces the student to the world view and life experience of Chinese as they have been drawn from local traditions, as well as worship and sacrifice to heroes, and the cult of the dead. Through a close reading of primary texts in translation, it also surveys China's grand philosophical legacy of Daoism, Buddhism, "Confucianism" and "Neo-Confucianism," and the later religious accommodation of Christianity and Islam.


LLEA 3041601 Contemporary Japanese Fiction                                                          TR 9:30-10:45

The aim of this course is to introduce students to major works of modern Japanese fiction published after World War II.  By examining key figures and the various literary movements that emerged in the half-century or more since Japan's defeat in 1945, students will gain a fundamental understanding of the different ways Japanese writers responded to the challenges of a new era of democratization, demilitarization, re-fashioning a national identity, and a new prominence in East Asia and on the world stage.  There are no prerequisites for this course and all readings will be in English translation.


LLEA 33101 01 Heroism and Eroticism                                                                          Liangyan Ge TR 11:00-12:15

In this course we will read works in Chinese fiction from the late imperial periods. We will discuss the aesthetic features of such works and their cultural underpinnings, especially the infusion of Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist meanings. Particularly, we will focus on heroism and eroticism as two major themes in Chinese fiction and their specific expressions in each work. We will consider the transition from heroism to eroticism as a shift of narrative paradigm, which coincided with a general trend of "domestication" in traditional Chinese fiction. Through the readings and discussions, the students are expected to become familiar with pre-modern Chinese narrative tradition and acquainted with some aspects of Chinese culture. All the readings are in English translation, and no prior knowledge of China or the Chinese language is required.


LLEA 33316 01 Intro to Japanese Popular Culture                                                      MW 3:30-4:45

This course will examine postwar Japanese popular culture across media, including novels, film, television, manga, and anime.  Our discussion will be framed by some key questions:  What was the role of popular culture in defining a national identity in the postwar?  What was the role of foreign influences, most importantly, American pop culture?  How have popular culture texts spoken to and defined specific audiences (for instance, teenagers, women, non-Japanese)?  The goals of this course are to gain familiarity with some key texts in postwar Japan and to learn various methods of analyzing those texts.  As we approach each medium, we will be using literary, film, television, and comics theories to analyze the texts.


LLEA 33317 01 The Samurai: Classical Japanese Literature                                                Michael Brownstein MW 2:00-3:15         

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 40212 01 Suffering and World Religions                                                              Robert Gimello/Lionel Jensen TR 11:00-12:15 

The instructors are specialists in Chinese and world religious traditions, who will bring an interdisciplinary dimension to this team-taught course. This content of the course will be diverse with readings drawn from anthropology, art, history, media, philosophy, sociology of religion, and theology. Suffering, the feeling of dis-ease, anguish, is a cardinal and enabling principle of major world religions and ideologies such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Marxism. As well, it is a definitive experience of the seeker of truth or religious insight that proved effective in the dissemination of religion in many parts of the globe. In the industrially developed world where suffering is identified with personal harm or abuse, it is essential to avoid it. The course aims to introduce the student to a horizon of counterintuitive considerations on the universality of suffering and its effects as human agency. The course readings will consist of original texts in translation along with theoretical works that will permit the students to acquire a language of interpretation necessary to an exploration of the experience of suffering in its many forms and a consideration of the many kinds of meaning that religions have assigned to it.


LLEA 30145 01 History of China                                                                                       Dian Murray  TR 11:00-12:15

This course explores Chinese history from the Shang dynasty to today in terms of the development of Confucianism and its repeated reformulations in response to Buddhism, western imperialism, Marxism, and the global capitalism of today.


LLEA 30170 01 Ancient & Medieval South Asia                                                                        Jayanta Sengupta TR 11:00-12:15

This course covers the history of the South Asian subcontinent from the beginning of the historical period to about 1700. During this period, the region witnessed the formation of regional states, the rise and fall of strong empires, the evolution of increasingly complex forms of caste and kinship ties, multiple religious traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, and the coexistence of different economic organizations ranging from hunting and food-gathering to sophisticated urban communities. Discussion will focus on the transformation of local kinship ties into regional kingdoms and empires, the evolution of religion and the legacy of the expansion of Islam and the consequent rise of Turkish, Afghan and Mughal empires in the area. The main purpose of the course is to introduce students to South Asian civilization in a global context, with special emphasis on the wider linkages of transnational and world history. Finally, there will be a discussion of how interpretations of the South Asian past resonate in the region's modern politics. Besides learning about India this course will provide transferable skills about analyzing primary resources, seminar presentation and effective ways of using internet resources.


LLEA 30492 01 Contention in China                                                                                Victoria Hui TR 3:30-4:45

Is China next for a "Jasmine Revolution"? Why have pro-democracy efforts repeatedly failed in China? Why is there no organized democracy movement despite the prevalence of sporadic protests about various kinds of social injustices? Is China immune to democratization because of a deeply rooted "Confucian culture"? This course examines a wide range of contentious politics in modern China, from the May Fourth Movement through the Communist Revolution, the Cultural Revolution, the Tiananmen Democracy Movement to recent protests by workers, peasants, religious followers, and middle-class property owners. In addition to contention by Han Chinese, this course also examines resistance by Tibetans, Uighurs, Mongolians, and other minorities.