Spring 2012 Course Descriptions

SPRING 2012 Korean Language Courses


EALK 10112 01 First Year Korean II MWF 09:35-10:25                                   Jung-Hyuck Lee

This introductory course is designed to provide beginners with a solid foundation in modern Korean on the basis of what we covered in First Year Korean I during the fall semester. Throughout the course we will focus on the balanced  development of the four basic language skills of speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. By the end of the semester, students will be able to understand (through reading and listening) and express (via speaking and writing) more complex expressions and structures (e.g., using clausal connectives) and will further develop their understanding of Korean culture.  First Year Korean II is a 5 credit course; students should enroll in the MWF (EALK 10112) section and choose one T (EALK 1112) lab.

EALK 11112 01 First Year Korean II Lab T 11:00-12:15                                  Jung-Hyuck Lee

EALK 11112 02 First Year Korean II Lab T 02:00-03:15                                  Jung-Hyuck Lee


EALK 20212 01 Second Year Korean II  MWF 10:40-11:30                Jung-Hyuck Lee

This course is the second semester of an intermediate course on spoken and written Korean for learners who have completed Second Year Korean I or the equivalent. It is designed to continue building students’ language skills with emphasis on enhancing the speaking ability, writing skills, and usage of more complex constructions. The medium of instruction will be in Korean and students are expected to use the target language as much as possible. Second Year Korean II is a 5 credit course; students should enroll in the MWF (EALK 20212) section and choose one R (EALK 21212) lab.

EALK 21212 01 Second Year Korean II Lab  R 11:00-12:15               Jung-Hyuck Lee

EALK 2121202  Second Year Korean II Lab  R 02:00-03:15               Jung-Hyuck Lee


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 University  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 premodern 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.