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EAL Courses for Fall 2014

In addition to Chinese, Korean and Japanese language courses, we also offer the following literature and linguistics courses this fall.


EAL 360 Seminar: Topics in East Asian Languages and Literatures

T Th 10:30am- 11:50am

Kimberly Kono

Minority Literature in Japan
Often assumed to be ethnically and culturally homogeneous, Japan is in fact home to several minority groups, including Ainu, buraku-min, Korean Japanese, and Okinawans. This seminar will examine the works of different minority writers, and consider the cultural and political ramifications of their writing. We will discuss the portrayal of the "minority experience" in Japan as well as address the texts' impact on Japanese literature. We will also consider how award-winning "minority" writers, such as Nakagami Kenji and, Yu Miri challenge notions of a modern Japanese identity. Students are encouraged, but not required to take JPN 350, which will deal with related materials in the original Japanese. Enrollment limited to 12. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. {L} 4 credits



** New Course Offerings for Fall 2014 **

EAL 247 Gender and Sexuality in Japan: Literature, Film, Anime, Manga

MW 1:10-2:30PM

Haeng-ja Chung

This course explores how writers have dealt with issues of gender and sexuality from the Heian Period through the modern era. Drawing on literary sources as well as film, anime, and manga, we will analyze how gender and sexuality have been represented over 1,000 years in Japan. Examination of different media and texts from different historical momentsilluminates how the notions of gender and sexuality have transformed over timeas well as how the intersection of gender and sexuality manifests in these stories. All readings, lecture, discussion, and writing willbe in English.{L} 4 credits



EAL 242 Modern Japanese Literature

TR 1:10-2:30PM

Kimberly Kono

Through close readings of literary texts produced from 1868 until the present, this course will familiarize you with various points in Japan’s modern cultural history. In our discussions of these texts in the different trajectories of modern Japanese literature, we will also address theoretical questions about literature, history, identity, gender, race, sexuality, nation, class, colonialism, modernism and translation. Readings will include works by such writers as Natsume Soseki, Enchi Fumiko, Nobel Prize winner Oe Kenzaburo, and Murakami Haruki. All readings are in English translation. {L} 4 credits



CLT 239/EAL 239 Intimacy in Contemporary Chinese Women's Fiction

MW 1:10-2:20PM

Sabina Knight

How do stories about love, romance, and desire (including extramarital affairs, serial relationships and love between women) challenge our assumptions about identity? How do pursuits, successes, and failures of intimacy lead to personal and social change? An exploration of major themes through close readings of contemporary fiction by women from China, Taiwan, Tibet, and Chinese diasporas. Readings are in English translation and no background in China or Chinese is required. {L} 4 Credits