Writing History in Japan

History 280G

Spring 2012
2303 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 12-2

This seminar will be concerned with the writing of history in Japan, and (mainly) of Japan, from the late Tokugawa era onward. Readings will be chiefly in Japanese. They will consist of essays or extracts from longer works that have played a role in setting the course of Japanese historiography in their own time and since, supplemented by selected secondary materials. In addition to reading and discussing these works on a weekly basis, students will be asked to prepare short annotated translations of selected materials. For their final papers, students may write an essay comparing different styles of Japanese historiography or prepare a full, annotated translation of one of the course readings.