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Information, Technology, and Society in Asia 134

Issues and Methods in Japanese Studies
This course examines the issues and methods that constitute Japanese Studies as a field of study. We do so by reading and discussing a series of major, primarily historical, works on Japan written in English since 1945. What makes (and/or unmakes) Japanese Studies, which takes a country as the subject of study, an academic field and a form of knowledge? What is “Japan” in Japanese Studies? We will trace the history of Japanese Studies, its problematics, goals, methodologies, from 1945 to the present, in the post-1945 context of transformations of geopolitical configurations in East Asia, and changes in modes of intellectual inquiry (from modernization theory to postcolonial and postmodern studies, and then to post-postmodern modes of globalization). We follow Foucault’s observation that knowledge is power but that does not mean Japanese studies has always served simply political purposes, i.e., particular goals and concerns of governments and states. We look at Japanese Studies as necessarily shaped by political interests but more importantly as a dynamic and creative form of humanistic knowledge.
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4971340
GII-IA6134L3
Information, Technology, and Society in Asia 134
鍾 以江
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教室
東文研及総合博物館 東文研611号室
講義使用言語
英語
単位
2
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NO
他学部履修
開講所属
学際情報学府
授業計画
SCHEDULE Week I (9/27): Course introduction and self-introduction PART 1: Making Sense of the Enemy (the 1940s) Week II-III (10/4, 10/11): Ruth benedict, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword. (Chaps.1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 13) C. Douglas Lummis, “Ruth Benedict’s Obituary for Japanese Culture” Japan Focus (July 3, 2007) PART 2: Modernization and Japan (the 1960s) Week IV-V (10/18, 10/25): -Nils Gilman. “Modernization Theory and American Modernism,” Mandarins of the future: modernization theory in cold war America (John Hopkins 2003), 1-23. -John W. Hall. “Changing Conceptions of the Modernization of Japan” Marius B. Jansen, ed., Changing Japanese Attitudes toward Modernization. 1965. pp.7-98. -The Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars Statement of Purpose (1969) -John Dower. “E. H. Norman, Japan and the Uses of History” (introduction to Origins of the Modern Japanese State, Selected Writings of E. H. Norman) (Pantheon Books 1975), pp.31-65. PART 3: Critical Study of the Nation, the 1980s-1990s Week VI-VIII (11/1, 11/8, 11/15): -Prasenjit Duara. “Historicizing National Identity, or Who Imagines What and When” Becoming National, A Reader (1996), 150-177. -Hobsbawm and Ranger. The Invention of Tradition (1983). 1-14. -Tessa Morris-Suzuki. Reinventing Japan (1998) (Intro, Chaps 1, 2 & 9). First response paper due 11/15 by email PART 4: Postcolonial History of Empire Week IX-XI (12/6, 12/13, 12/20): -Andre Schmid. "Colonialism and the 'Korean Problem' in the Historiography of Modern Japan" Journal of Asian Studies (2000). 951-976. -Louise Young. Japan's Total Empire (1998). Second response paper due 12/27 by email PART 5: New Directions of Japanese Studies? Week XII-XIV (1/10, 1/17): -Michael Fisch. "Tokyo's Commuter Train Suicides and the Society of Emergence" Cultural Anthropology 28, No.12 (May 2013), 320-343. -Hoyt J. Long. "(Il)legibility and Handwriting in Meiji Letters: A Media History" Positions 25, No.2 (2017): 255-292. Final paper due 1/31 by email
授業の方法
Discussion, lecture
成績評価方法
Attendance & discussion participation: 30% Two response papers: 30% (15%x2) Final paper: 40%
教科書
As indicated in Schedule
参考書
As indicated in Schedule
履修上の注意
Basic knowledge of modern Japanese and East Asian history is required to take this course. The amount of weekly reading is 50-70 pages. Completing the weekly reading before class is required.