275F.001 Spring 2013 Experience and Narrative in Modern Japanese History

This seminar will explore the “autobiography of Japanese society” in modern times: its documented experience or testimony of itself.  Readings will be drawn from literature, journalism and ethnography, complemented by key scholarly works and organized around a number of interlocking spheres: family/locality, self, city and country, state, and empire.  The period covered is roughly the seven decades from the Sino-Japanese War through to the early post-WWII era.  The writers to be read include Natsume Sōseki, Higuchi Ichiyō, Yokoyama Gennosuke, Nagatsuka Takashi, Is

101.003 Spring 2013 Asian Urban Centers

This 101 seminar will introduce students to some of the key themes in the growth and development of Asian urban centers, and will guide students through the process of articulating a research topic, choosing appropriate sources, researching and writing a senior thesis.  We will begin with a selection of readings on urban centers in both premodern and modern periods, turning a critical eye on the methodologies and sources used by the authors, in order to determine which are appropriate to the students’ own topics and questions.  Class will meet less frequently after the fifth

103F.002 Fall 2012 Gandhi

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) is one of twentieth century’s most influential political activist and thinker.

280/285F.003 Fall 2012 The Frontiers of Imperial China

This seminar will survey secondary studies dealing with Imperial China and its borderlands and frontiers.  Our approach will include both the view from the edge and the view from the imperial center, both how frontiers were experienced and how they were imagined.  In the process, we will deal with the topics of ethnicity, the nature of borderlands, imperial expansion, travel, ethnography, the East Asian World Order, and China’s evolving ways of defining and imagining itself.

280/285F.002 Fall 2012 Difficult Texts, Received and Excavated

The aim of this course is to introduce students to a variety of difficult texts drawn from the medical, legal, commentarial, and apocryphal texts in the received tradition, along with several newly excavated manuscripts.


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