Class Schedule and Readings (revised on April 13)
* Please note, the schedule below and readings are subject to change.
1 (April 7). Preparatory meeting.
2 (April 14). Preparatory meeting; Course Introduction 1: Media and Modernity; the Birth of Printing
3 (April 21). Course Introduction:2; Review; the Birth of Publishing (- 17th Century); Print and Reading Culture in Early Modern Japan (17th Century – mid 19th Century); Deciding Presenters
4 (April 28). Representations of Japan, Emperor and Empress (17-19th Century)
-<homework for the next week> Takashi Fujitani, “The Politics of Gendering and the Gendering of Politics,” Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996): 171 – 194.
5 (May 12). “Good Wife, Wise Mother” as an Invented Tradition (19th Century)
-<homework for the next week> No reading assignment (Instead, there will be another homework). finding pictures of the emperor/empress
6 (May 19). Visualizing New World Order: International and National Exhibitions (late 19th Century)
-<homework for the next week> Lisa K. Laiglois, “Japan: Modern, Ancient, and Gendered at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair,” Gendering the Fair: Histories of Women and Gender at World’s Fairs, eds. Tracey Jean Boisseau and Abigail M. Mrkewyr, (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010): 56 – 74.
7 (May 26). Introduction of New Types of Periodicals: Newspapers and Magazines (late 19th Century) (Koshinbun, Oshinbun, early magazines)
-<homework for the next week> Anthony S. Rausch. “Chapter Two: A Brief History of the Japanese Newspaper,” Japan’s Local Newspapers: Chihōshi and Revitalization Journalism (London and New York: Routledge, 2012): 30 – 48.; + a homework assignment: analysis of some old articles
8 (June 9). Creation of Gendered Colloquial Writing Systems and a New Order of Print Media (late 19th Century – the early 20th Century) (Feminization of Women’s Magazines)
-<homework for the next week> Miyako Inoue, Excerpts from Vicarious Language: Gender and Linguistic Modernity in Japan, (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2006).
9 (June 16). Spread of Romantic Love Discourse and Revision of “Good Wife, Wise Mother” Ideology (New Journalism and the Transfeminization of Print Media) (early 20th Century)
-<homework for the next week> Michiko Suzuki, Excerpts from “Love Marriage Ideology,” and “Maternal Love,” Becoming Modern Women: Love and Female Identity in Prewar Japanese Literature and Culture, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010): 65 – 78, 107 – 115.
10 (June 23). The Americanization of Everyday Modernity in Japan: Gendered Modern Consumer Culture (Ads, the Modern Girl, and the Housewife) (early 20th Century)
-<homework for the next week> The Modern Girl Around the World Research Group (Eve Weinbaum et al.), “The Modern Girl Around the World: Cosmetics Advertising and the Politics of Race and Style,” The Modern Girl Around the World: Consumption, Modernity, and Globalization, (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2009): 25 – 54.
11 (June 30). Film, Radio, and Everyday Modernity (early 20th Century)
-<homework for the next week> Watch I Was Born, But … analysis of the movie (Study questions)
12. (July 7). Photo-journalism and Representations of the Japan: Before, During, and After WWII
-<homework for the next week> John Dower’s War without Mercy (pp. 77 – 93, 242 – 259.)
13 (July 14) Televised Ads: Rapid Economic Growth, Nostalgia, and Tourism
July 14 – July 21: Submission of the term paper