This course will be conducted online from the 1st week, but the first two weeks will be general introduction and guidance.
The lecture schedule is roughly as below. There is a possibility of modifying assignment texts (Any changes will be notified in the first class of the course in April.
Week 1 “Cultural Diversity or Cultural Hybridity?”
Text: Peter Burke, Cultural Hybridity (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2009), pp. 34-65.
Week 2 “The Clash of Civilizations”
Text: Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996)
Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism (New York: Vintage, 1993)
Week 3 "Travelogues and the Contact Zone”
Text: Mary Louise Pratt, Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (London: Routledge, 1992)
Nigel Leask, British Romantic Writers and the East: Anxieties of Empire, 1992
Week 4 “Orientalism and Occidentalism”
Text: Edward Said, Orientalism (New York: Vintage, 1978)
MacKenzie, John. Orientalism: History, Theory and the Arts (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995)
Week 5 “Consumerism in the Age of Globalization”
Text: Maxine Berg, Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Frank Trentmann, ‘After the Nation-State: Citizenship Empire and Global Coordination in the New Internationalism, 1914-1930’, Kevin Grant, Philippa Levine and Frank Trentmann (eds.), Beyond Sovereignty: Britain, Empire and Transnationalism, c. 1880-1950 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2007), pp.34-53.
Week 6 Translation Theories and the Experience of the Foreign
Text: Umberto Eco, Experiences in Translation, trans. Alastair McEwen (Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2001)
Antoine Berman, The Experience of the Foreign: Culture and Translation in Romantic Germany (1984; Albany, NY: State University of New York, 1992).
Donald Keen, ‘The Age of Translation’ in Dawn to the West: Japanese Literature in the Modern Era; Fiction, pp. 55-75.
Week 7 Individual tutorials on your reports
Week 8 Cosmopolitanism
Text: Anthony Appiah, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (London: Penguin, 2007)
Week 9 The Other in Modern Japanese Literature
Text: Rachael Hutchinson and Mark Williams (eds.), Representing the Other in Modern Japanese Literature (London: Routledge, 2007), pp.1-9, pp.57-74, 75-95.
Week 10 "Lafcadio Hearn and the Aesthetics of the Ghostly”
Text: Sukehiro Hirakawa, “Return to Japan or Return to the West?: Hearn’s ‘A Conservative.’” Sukehiro Hirakawa (ed.), Lafcadio Hearn in International Perspectives (Folkestone: Global Oriental, 2007).
Week 11 “Modernity in Japan”
Text: Harry Harootunian, Overcome by Modernity: History, Culture, and Community in Interwar Japan (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000)
Text: Ai Maeda, Text and the City: Essays on Japanese Modernity (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004).
Week 12 (4 July) “The Politics of Folk Art in Imperial Japan”
Text: Kim Brandt, Kingdom of Beauty: Mingei and the Politics of Folk Art in Imperial Japan (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007)
Week 13 (11 July) “East versus West during the Second World War”
Text: Kevin Michael Doak, Dreams of Difference: The Japan Romantic School and the Crisis of Modernity (Berkeley: University of California Pres, 1994)
Ben-Ami Shillony, Politics and Culture in Wartime Japan (Oxford: Clarendon, 1981)
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