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Japanese (JAPNS)

JAPNS 424 (IL) Traveling Voices (3) Transnational Writings of Japan: from Modern to Contemporary Eras .

JAPNS 424 Traveling Voices (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Through literary and visual texts from modern to contemporary eras, this seminar-style course will explore a wide range of narrative voices of Japan, created by writers who are physically or figuratively dispersed in many directions within, towards, and away from Japan, and who therefore problematize “Japanese-ness” by dealing with cultural situations (e.g. identities, marginality) in their writings. Some Prior Study of Japan (JAPNS 120, JAPNS 121, or HIST 172) is required.

Students will explore the rich cultural diversity in Japan and the Japan diaspora, and develop a further understanding of historical border crossers between Japan/East Asia and Americas/the West.
They will become more aware of the reciprocal and transformative cross-cultural interactions in languages, literature, religions, economics, ideas, or political formations.
They will learn how to think critically, in speech and writing, and develop writing analytic skills appropriate to their final paper project.

Evaluation will depend on specific instructor practice, but will certainly emphasize guided discussions, some student presentations (alone or/and group), and writing exercises (especially final research project). A sample guideline might look like this:

Class Participation/discussion
Response papers
Informal Presentation (pair or group up to three)
Mid-term exam
Final paper presentation
Final Project

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: JAPNS 120, JAPNS 121 orHIST 172

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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