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Courses - Spring 2019
JAPN
Japanese Department Site
JAPN102
Elementary Japanese II
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN101; or appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Continued introduction to the basic spoken patterns of contemporary Japanese.
JAPN202
Intermediate Japanese II
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN201; or appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Contemporary spoken and written Japanese.
JAPN302
Advanced Japanese II
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN301; or permission of instructor.
Continued readings in varied modern texts and advanced conversation and oral comprehension.
JAPN386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have a Learning Proposal approved by the Office of Experiential Learning Programs, faculty sponsor, and student's internship sponsor.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JAPN401
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN302; or permission of instructor.
Development of advanced reading, vocabulary, grammar, and translation skills through selected readings in Japanese drawn primarily from modern literature.
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN302; or equivalent FLPA
JAPN438A
Topics in Japanese Pragmatics; Stylistic Variation in the Films of Miyazaki Hayao and Studio Ghibli
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: C- or better in JPAN201 or FLPA. This course fulfills the linguistics elective requirement for the JAPN major and minor. This course explores topics in the field of linguistic pragmatics (the study of language use in context) with a focus on stylistic variation in the films of Miyazaki Hayao and Studio Ghibli. This is not a film course that addresses non-linguistic elements of Miyazaki's anime. We begin with an introduction to pragmatic concepts such as deixis (how language indexes social, temporal, and spatial relationships), speech acts (how utterances function as requests, orders, apologies, invitations, etc.), and linguistic politeness. Readings, class discussions, quizzes, and homework assignments will first address these concepts through English examples, and subsequently apply them to excerpts drawn from Miyazaki's works, with special attention to how the linguistic behavior of a character contributes to his or her overall portrayal in a film. Our discussions will include comparisons of English translations in film dubbings and subtitles with the original Japanese in order to consider how various speech acts may be conveyed inthe two languages. We conclude with individual multimedia projects developed and presented by the students.
JAPN498J
Special Topics in Japanese Studies; Performance and Sexuality in Early Modern Japan
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
This course fulfills the literature/cultural studies elective requirement for the JAPN major and minor. Also offered as THET428J. Credit only granted for JAPN498J or THET428J. This course explores the intersections between performance and sexuality in early modern Japan. Our main sites will be the stage, the brothels, and everyday life as we examine how people of the period performed gender and sexuality. We will draw from popular fiction, kabuki, puppet theatre, woodblock prints, guides to the pleasure quarters, and censorship edicts. Taught in English. This course fulfills the literature or elective requirement for the Japanese major or minor.
JAPN498K
Special Topics in Japanese Studies; Modern Japanese Literature from Pure to Pop: Problematizing Genre and Canon
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
This course fulfills the literature/ cultural studies elective requirement for the JAPN major and minor. What makes some Japanese literature "great" or "classic" or just worth reading? Why has literature aimed at popular audiences often been disregarded by elite institutions? This course will critically examine the so-called "canon" of modern Japanese literature and several of the main literary genres that comprise it. Our class discussions will focus primarily on the 20th century. Students will learn about the major literary movements of modern Japan and consider various approaches to the analysis of that literature and its reception. Specific topics will include: Meiji social reforms, naturalism, autobiographical fiction, thesupernatural, mysteries/crime fiction, and the reception of Japanese literature in the West. Films will be integrated as a major element of the course. All readings and class discussion are in English.
JAPN499
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Japanese
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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