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EAL Courses for Spring 2015


EAL 232/CLT 232 Modern Chinese Literature

Can literature inspire personal and social transformation? How have modern Chinese writers pursued freedom, fulfillment, memory, and social justice? From short stories and novels to drama and film, we’ll explore class, gender, and the diversity of the cultures of China, Taiwan, Tibet, and overseas Chinese communities. Readings are in English translation and no background in China or Chinese is required. Open to students at all levels. 4 credits {L}

Sabina Knight

TTh 10:30-11:50am

EAL 240 Japanese Language and Culture

This course will introduce the historical, social and ideological background of “standard” Japanese and the Japanese writing system. We will also look at basic structural characteristics of the language and interpersonal relations reflected in the language, such as politeness and gender, as well as contemporary trends in popular media.This course is suitable for students with little knowledge about the language as well as those in Japanese language courses. All readings are in English translation. 4 credits {S}

Maki Hubbard

MW 2:40-4:00pm


EAL 245 Writing, Japan and Otherness

An exploration of representations of “otherness” in Japanese literature and film from the mid-19th century until the present. How was (and is) Japan’s identity as a modern nation configured through representations of other nations and cultures? How are categories of race, gender, nationality, class and sexuality used in the construction of difference? This course will pay special attention to the role of “otherness” in the development of national and individual identities. In conjunction with these investigations, we will also address the varied ways in which Japan is represented as “other” by writers from China, England, France, Korea and the United States. How do these images of and by Japan converse with each other? All readings are in English translation. 4 credits {L}

Kimberly Kono

MW 1:10-2:30pm



EAL Courses for Fall 2014


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


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