Professor of Japanese, Chair
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During the 2013-14 academic year Professor Rohlich will serve as chair of the department. His teaching and research interests are in premodern Japanese literature and culture, and the city of Kyoto, which was Japan's capital for over 1,000 years and remains today a vibrant city of over one million people. He enjoys getting back to Japan, especially Kyoto, whenever he can.
In fall 2013 Professor Rohlich will teach his survey course on premodern Japanese literature in English translation, EAL241 "Literature and Culture in in Premodern Japan: Court Ladies, Wandering Monks, and Urban Rakes." This course is open to all students, including first-year students, regardless of major, and will be taught Mondays and Wednesdays 2:40-4:00. It is a required course for students planning to major in East Asian Language and Culture in the department, and should be taken by potential majors in their first or second year, but students at all levels are welcome. He will also teach JPN350 “Contemporary Texts” for advanced students of Japanese, offered Mondays and Wednesday 9:00-10:20. In this course students will read and discuss short stories, newspaper articles, essays, and other written texts, and also study Japanese videos and movies. Students will engage in translation exercises and work on a joint project subtitling a Japanese TV show. Open to advanced students of Japanese with permission of the instructor.