Week I: Course introduction and self-introduction
PART 1: Making Sense of the Enemy (the 1940s)
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)
-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
-Eric Hobsbawm. Nations and Nationalism. selected chapters.
-Tessa Morris-Suzuki. Reinventing Japan (1998) (Intro, Chaps 1, 2).
-Sharon Minichiello. Japan's Competing Modernities. selected chapters.
First response paper due
PART 4: Postcolonial History of Empire
-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
PART 5: New Directions of Japanese Studies?
Week XII-XIV (1/10, 1/17):
-Jolyon Thomas. Faking Liberties. selected chapters.
Final paper due.