10000- and 20000- level courses are undergraduate; 30000-level and above are graduate.
Course offerings and times are subject to change.
May be taken in sequence or individually. This sequence on the civilizations of China, Japan, and Korea emphasizes major transformation in these cultures and societies from their inception to the present.
With a larger goal of addressing the need of a comparative understanding of the state’s role in the field of publication in modern East Asia, this course studies the operation and consequences of censorship in the Japanese Empire, with focus on those of colonial Korea. The key units of study include the institutions for thought and information control, human agents of censorship, and their texts. The course’s first aim is to examine the workings and impact of prepublication censorship in particular, one that shaped the journalistic and literary culture of colonial Korea. Its second aim is to foster sharper and more nuanced reading skills regarding censoriously inflected textual matters--not only the sites of censorship but also the strategies of countercensorship, which may or may not be visually inscribed on the published texts.
Equivalent Courses: CRES 33001
In this course we will explore three distinct but interrelated modes of self-cultivation and the contemplative life from premodern China: those exemplified by the Laozi, and in particular by those artists and philosophers who drew upon the text; by the Chan tradition in Tang and Song Buddhism; and by the Song Neo-Confucian philosopher and exegete Zhu Xi (1130-1200). We will read classic texts in these modes (and a few modern ones too) closely, attuning ourselves as best we can to their original contexts, and we will brood together on how we might use them in our own contemplative lives. Central to the course will be careful consideration of the different understandings of the Way (Dao) found in our texts, and how these different Ways structured conceptions of the ideal human life.
Equivalent Courses: RLST 23902
Reading and discussion of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century historical political documents, including such forms as memorials, decrees, local gazetteers, diplomatic communications, essays, and the like. Third-year Chinese level or approval of instructor.
Equivalent courses: HIST 24500/34500
An overview of Chinese economic development since the end of the eighteenth century, with attention to its social, political, and environmental ramifications. Topics in the first part of the course include the Qing property rights system and its implications for rural society; merchant organization, internal trade, migration, and the imperial political economy, this section of the course concludes with explanations of the economic and other crises that caused late ninetheenth and early twentieth century China to be called the "land of famine." Part two covers changes in China's relationship to the outside world, the beginnings of industrialization, and the complex patterns of regional growth and stagnation up through the victory of the Communist Party in 1949. Part three looks at both Maoist (1949–1976) and post-Maoist development, emphasizing the economic consequences of institutional changes, industrialization and urbanization (especially since 1978), and the evolving tensions with a so-called "socialist market economy." Mostly lecture, with some class time for discussions (plus an online discussion board); midterm, final, and two short papers (5–7-pages each).
Equivalent course: HIST 24611
In this course, pictorial representations are approached and interpreted, first and foremost, as concrete, image-bearing objects and architectural structures - as portable scrolls, screens, albums, and fans, as well as murals in Buddhist cave-temples and tombs, and relief carvings on offering shrines and sarcophagi. The lectures and discussion investigate the inherent features of these forms, as well as their histories, viewing conventions, audiences, ritual/social functions, and the roles these forms played in the construction and development of pictorial images.
Equivalent Courses: ARTH 24602/34602
This two-quarter graduate seminar examines the social and cultural history of twentieth-century China from the last decades of the Qing to the death of Mao and the early post-Mao reforms. Topics will include the social, political, and economic transformations from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century, including the rise of modern mass media and mass politics, urban and rural revolutions, the reorganization of everyday life under the Guomindang and Communist regimes, political campaigns under Mao, and the changes taking place after Mao's death. We will pay more attention to changes at the grassroot level of society than to politics at the highest level, even though the latter cannot be entirely ignored. The focus will be on the English-language secondary literature but we will also discuss what published and unpublished sources are available for different periods, how the Chinese archives are structured, and how to read official documents.
Equivalent Courses: HIST 76004
This course investigates traditional literary strategies in China through which objects are depicted and animated. Our emphasis will be on reading in primary literary sources, mainly in Classical Chinese, but we’ll also draw on secondary sources from anthropology, the history of material culture and technology, literary theory, and art history. Each week will introduce some basic genres and key literary works while also foregrounding certain conceptual issues and familiarizing you with the basic sinological sources for these genres as necessary. The course will be conducted as a workshop with multiple class presentations and an eye to developing the student’s own research topic. over the course of the quarter. With this in mind, in consultation with me, students should early on select a case study to work on, which will become their final research paper and which will also help orient their shorter class presentations. The choice of subject for the case study is quite open, so that each student can pursue a project that relates to his or her own central interests. It might take the form of a cultural biography of a real object or class of objects; it might be a study of how objects are deployed in a novel or play, but there are many other possibilities.
Equivalent Courses: CMLT 41400, ARTH
With the 2016 centenary of Natsume Sôseki’s death, his "Theory of Literature" and novels have received renewed critical attention, reminding us of his exceptional creativity and prescience. In this seminar, we will read the novels, "Higan sugi made" (To the Spring Equinox and Beyond, 1912), "Kokoro" (Kokoro, 1914), and "Meian" (Light and Dark, 1916) to seek and uncover new ways of reading them, using theoretical insights of recent years from affect theory (including representation of “affect” in realist novels), ethics of reading, queer theory, and world literature approaches. We will be looking closely at how these theoretical insights might cross paths with Sôseki’s own theory as well as Japanese traditional aesthetics on emotions/affect, realism (shaseibun and haiku). Reading ability in Japanese and previous coursework in Japanese literature is helpful but not required.
This year we will focus on reading Chinese religious epigraphy, taking as our main focus the Field Museum's collections.
Reading and research in Japanese history, which culminates in a major seminar paper at the end of winter term.
Equivalent courses: HIST 76601
By modern, we mean Korea since its "opening" in 1876. We read about one book per week in the autumn. Before each session, one student will write a three- to four-page paper on the reading, with another student commenting on it. In the winter, students present the subject, method, and rationale for a research paper. Papers should be about forty pages and based in primary materials; ideally this means Korean materials, but ability to read scholarly materials in Korean, Japanese, or Chinese is not a requirement for taking the colloquium. Students may also choose a comparative and theoretical approach, examining some problems in modern Korean history in the light of similar problems elsewhere, or through the vision of a body of theory.
This course explores Ozu Yasujiro’s works from both national and transnational perspectives. Through an intense examination of Ozu’s robust filmmaking career, from the student comedies of the late 1920s to the family dramas (in Agfacolor) of the early 1960s, we will locate Ozu’s works at a dialogic focal point of Japanese, East Asian, American and European cinema.
Equivalent Course: CMST 66901