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EALL 211 ­ Japan: A Cultural Odyssey
Sam Orme Summer 2013 MTWR 2:00 ­ 4:20

Location: Pacific 110 Email: sorme2@uoregon.edu Office: UO Annex Office Hours: T 11:30 ­ 1:30 (or by appointment) Course description: From the burial mounds of the Kofun period to Hello Kitty and Pokemon, the land of the rising sun has had a culture all its own. In this course, we will try to unravel the mystery of Japanese culture in order to understand what makes it tick. We will trace the development of the Japanese culture from its origins in antiquity to the present, touching on Japanese history along the way. We will explore the influence of other cultures on Japan over time, from China and Korea to the United States and the west. We will also consider the role translation plays in understanding what will be, to many of us, a foreign culture. We will do so while thinking critically about themes present throughout Japanese cultural history, making use of many different disciplines, such as literature, archaeology, film, and others. Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course, nor is any familiarity or proficiency in the Japanese language required. Students will, however, be expected to keep up with the pace of reading assignments and be able to contribute meaningfully to class discussions about those readings. Required texts: Students are not required to purchase any texts for this class. All reading materials for the course will be available on Blackboard. Students are encouraged to bring these texts to class for discussions, whether in print or in electronic form. Course objectives: In this class, we will consider the development of Japanese culture from its origins to the present day. Students will be able to…...

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