2017年度 文学部 04176308 Japanese Culture 白波瀬 佐和子
横断型

This course is a critical introduction to religious culture in Japanese history from the 8th century to the present. Religions make up a vital part of Japanese culture, as you may have attended Shinto festivals (matsuri) or weddings, or may have visited Buddhist and Confucian rituals and temples. In this course, we look into how in history religions became intertwined with Japanese cultural and political life. We will read and discuss how Japanese political and social life shaped the changes of religious doctrines and practices on the one hand and how religious themes and motifs informed historical experience in Japan on the other. Our goal is to appreciate and understand the fact that what we talk about as Japanese culture and religion are not unchanging ideas, doctrines, or institutions but have always been embedded in concrete human struggles both for political and social power and for making sense of human life. As such when you complete this course, you will have gained a deeper understanding of the historical process that gave rise to what is usually presented as the unique and essential Japanese culture. The course consists of a series of topics from Japanese history. For each class, we will read one or a few essays prior to class and I will then lecture on a topic, to be followed by class discussion on it. No prior knowledge of Japanese language or religions is necessary but you are required to be involved in the course, that is, you will do the reading, participate in class discussion, and conduct research for your final paper.

2017 Letters 04176308 Japanese Culture Sawako Shirahase
University-wide

共通科目コード Common Course Code FLE-XX4F07L3
開講学期 Semester S1S2
開講時限 Period
金曜4限 Fri 4th
単位数 Credits 2
学年 Academic Year Other
他学部聴講 Open to other faculties 可 YES
USTEP生聴講 Permitted to USTEP Students 可 YES
教室 Classroom
法文1号館 219教室
授業使用言語 Language in Lecture 英語 English
講義題目 Title Religious Culture in Japanese History
授業計画 Schedule 4/7, Introduction (video: Suwa Shrine Onbashira ritual; Shinto wedding ceremony https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeJQMvydpzQ) 4/14: Gods at war (Kojiki, Nihon shoki) 4/21, Two Old and Powerful Shrines (William Coaldrake. “The Grand Shrines of Izumo and Ise,” Architecture and Authority in Japan (pp.21-51) 4/28: The Early State of Japan and Buddhism Allan G. Grapard. “The Economics of Ritual Power.” Shinto in History. 68-94. Tanabe, George. “The Founding of Mount Koya and Kukai’s eternal meditation,” in Religions of Japan in Practice (pp.354-359, 5p) 5/12, Power, life and afterlife: William Coaldrake. “Heian Palaces and Kamakura Temples” Architecture and Authority in Japan (pp.81-103) Dobbins, James C. “Genshin’s (942-1017) Deathbed Nembutsu Ritual in Pure Land Buddhism” in Tanabe, George, jr. ed. Religions of Japan in Practice (Princeton University Press, 1999) (pp. 166-75, 9p) 5/19, Warriors and Buddhism in medieval Japan Solomon, Michael. “The Dilemma of Religious Power: Honganji and Hosokawa Masamoto” in Monumenta Nipponica, Vol.33, No.1. (Spring 1978) (pp. 51-65, 14p). Dobbins, James C. “Shinran’s (1173-1262) Faith as Immediate Fulfillment in Pure Land Buddhism,” in Tanabe, George, jr. ed. Religions of Japan in Practice (pp. 280-288, 9p) Hirota, Dennis. “Plain Words on the Pure Land Way,” in Tanabe, George, jr. ed. Religions of Japan in Practice (pp. 269-279, 10p) 5/30, Christianity in Japan George Elison, “Introduction.” 1-10. Suzuki Shosan. “Ha Kirishitan,” Deus Destroyed. 375-392. 6/9, Religious Culture in early Modern Japan “Religion and Festivals,” Edo: Art in Japan 1615-1868. 23-258. 6/16/ The Death of A Shogun “The death of a shogun: deification in early modern Japan,” Shinto in History. 144-166. 6/23, The Meiji transformation Sarah Thal. “Redefining the Gods” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 2002/29, 379-404. 6/30, Buddhism and Modernity. Jaffe, Richard. Neither Monk Nor Layman, Clerical Marriage in Modern Japanese Buddhism (Princeton, 2001) (Contents, Chapter 1 & 10, 23p) 7/7, Political or Religious? “The Daijosai: A ‘Shinto’ Rite of Imperial Accession,” A New History of Shinto. 168-198. 7/14 presentation
授業の方法 Teaching Methods Lecture and discussion
成績評価方法 Method of Evaluation Attendance and discussion participation (20%) Two short review essays (20%) Presentation (15%) Final paper (45%)
教科書 Required Textbook
none
参考書 Reference Books none
履修上の注意 Notes on Taking the Course none
学部横断型教育プログラム
University-wide Undergraduate Education Program
国際総合日本学教育プログラム Global Japan Studies Program

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