(The first class on Oct. 4 will be conducted online, with the rest of the classes conducted either online or in hybrid format)
Week I (Oct. 4): Course introduction and self-introduction
PART 1: Making Sense of Japan at War (the 1940s)
Week II-III (Oct. 11):
Ruth benedict, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword. (Chaps.1, 2, 3, 4)
C. Douglas Lummis, “Ruth Benedict’s Obituary for Japanese Culture” Japan Focus (July 3, 2007)
Week IV (Oct. 18):
Maruyama Masao, Thought and Behavior in Modern Japanese Politics (Oxford University Press 1965). Pp.1-24, 135-154.
PART 2: Modernization and Japan (the 1960s)
Week IV-V (Oct. 25, Nov.1):
-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.
-Jon Mitchell. “Battle Scars: Okinawa and the Vietnam War” The Japan Times, Mar. 7, 2015.
PART 3: Critical Study of the Nation, Gender, and Space, the 1980s-1990s
Week VI-VIII (Nov. 8, Nov. 15):
-Eric Hobsbawm. Nations and Nationalism since 1780. Cambridge University Press 1990. Selected chaps.
-Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni. Kimono and the Construction of Gendered and Cultural Identities. Ethnology, Vol.38, No.4 (Autumn 1999), pp.351-370.
-Karen Wigen. The Making of a Japanese Periphery, 1750-1920 (1995); 1-21, 99-136, 267-299.
NO CLASS on Nov. 22.
First response paper due on Nov. 22.
PART 4: Postcolonial History of Empire
Week IX-XI (Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13):
-Andre Schmid. "Colonialism and the 'Korean Problem' in the Historiography of Modern Japan" Journal of Asian Studies (2000). 951-976.
-Ramon Myers and Mark Peatie, eds., Japanese Colonial Empire, 1895-1945 (1984): 3-26.
-Louise Young. Japan's Total Empire (1998) (selected chapters).
-Yoshihisa Tak Matsusaka. The Making of Japanese Manchuria, 1904-1932 (2001) (selected chapters).
Second response paper due on Dec. 13.
PART 5: New Directions of Japanese Studies?
Week XII-XIV (Dec. 20, Dec. 27, Jan. 17): (NO CLASS on Jan. 3 & 10).
-Michael Fisch, Tokyo’s Commuter Train Suicides and the Society of Emergence. Cultural Anthropology 28, No.2 (2013).
-Alexander James Kent, Soetkin Vervust, et. al. eds. Mapping Empires: Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea. Springer 2020. Chaps. 1-4, pp. 1-74.
-David R. Ambaras. Japan's Imperial Underworlds, Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire. Cambridge University Press 2018. pp.1-114.
Final paper due on Jan. 31.