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Spring 2017

JAPA 102-01

First Year Japanese II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: NEILL 110
  • Instructor: Satoko Suzuki

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 101. (4 credits)

JAPA 102-02

First Year Japanese II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 110
  • Instructor: Satoko Suzuki

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 101. (4 credits)

JAPA 102-L1

First Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-09:00 am
  • Room: NEILL 110
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 101. (4 credits)

JAPA 102-L2

First Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-08:00 pm
  • Room: NEILL 110
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 101. (4 credits)

JAPA 102-L3

First Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 214
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 101. (4 credits)

JAPA 204-01

Second Year Japanese II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: NEILL 213
  • Instructor: Sachiko Dorsey

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 203. (4 credits)


JAPA 204-02

Second Year Japanese II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: NEILL 110
  • Instructor: Sachiko Dorsey

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 203. (4 credits)


JAPA 204-L1

Second Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 112
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 203. (4 credits)


JAPA 204-L2

Second Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 10:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 404
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 203. (4 credits)


JAPA 204-L3

Second Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 09:00 am-10:00 am
  • Room: NEILL 113
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 203. (4 credits)


JAPA 294-01

Rethinking Sexualities through Japan: Love/Desire from the PreModern to the Present

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 216
  • Instructor: Grace Ting

Notes: *Mandatory film screenings on Wednesday (7-9 pm, ~1-2 hours) for about 1/2 of the weeks of the semester; cross-listed with ASIA 294-02 and WGSS 294-05* What does the desire for “Japan” have to do with the canonization/reading of works about so-called romantic love? How do the power dynamics of early modern Japanese homoeroticism challenge our ideas of male homosexuality? Why have Japanese writers and other cultural producers so brilliantly envisioned certain relationships and forms of intimacy over time? Taught in English for students with no background in Japanese culture, this course is an overview of stories of unrequited affection, passion, erotic desire, jealousy, and other tropes of “love and desire.” As a main premise of the intersectional conception of the course, we will examine how Japanese poetry, fiction, theater, and film about “love” intersect with longings for tradition, the nation, and/or hierarchies of race and class. General questions addressed during the course include the following: How is desire constructed in different narrative forms and historical/cultural contexts? What language do we use to describe sexualities and gender roles from a different time and place? How can we challenge U.S.-based, contemporary concepts of gender roles and sexual identities? What do we possibly take for granted with our assumptions concerning the most intimate ways in which we relate to others? What hierarchies of intimacies do we create? This class is relevant for students interested in Japanese culture and history. Students with a general interest in gender and sexuality are very welcome. Please note that there will occasionally be graphic imagery involving sex and violence appearing in texts. The structure of the class usually works as follows: A short introductory lecture, then an hour of discussion. There will be a mandatory film screening on Wednesday evenings (7-9 pm, about 1-2 hours) for about ½ of the weeks. Contact instructor for syllabus.


JAPA 306-01

Third Year Japanese II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: NEILL 111
  • Instructor: Sachiko Dorsey

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 305. Emphasizes strong development of reading and writing skills. (4 credits)


JAPA 306-L1

Third Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 214
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 305. Emphasizes strong development of reading and writing skills. (4 credits)


JAPA 306-L2

Third Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 170
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 305. Emphasizes strong development of reading and writing skills. (4 credits)


JAPA 408-01

Fourth Year Japanese II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 111
  • Instructor: Miaki Habuka

Notes: This course is a continuation of Fourth Year Japanese I. It continues work on the acquisition of advanced level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students are given opportunities to understand the main ideas of extended discourse, to read texts which are linguistically complex, and to write about a variety of topics. May be repeated for credit. (4 credits)


JAPA 488-01

Translating Japanese: Theory and Practice

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: NEILL 227
  • Instructor: Grace Ting

Notes: *Cross-listed with LING 488-01*

This workshop for advanced students of Japanese explores the craft and cultural implications of Japanese-to-English literary translation. It aims to give students not only a facility and sophistication in translating Japanese, but also a closer familiarity with the Japanese language itself. Through weekly translation assignments, we will examine the expressive qualities of the Japanese language, tracing major developments of prose style in the modern period and studying the socio-historical context manifested in those linguistic innovations. Our work will be informed and enhanced by engagements with theories of translation as well as essays on Japanese-to-English translation specifically. We will cover a broad range of genres, including essays, poetry, manga, and film (subtitles). The course will culminate in an original project translating a Japanese work of one's choice.

Fall 2017

JAPA 101-01

First Year Japanese I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: NEILL 110
  • Instructor: Arthur Mitchell

Notes: Introduction to Japanese language and culture. Practice in basic sentence patterns and conversational expressions to enable students to speak and write Japanese. (4 credits)

JAPA 101-02

First Year Japanese I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: NEILL 110
  • Instructor: Arthur Mitchell

Notes: Introduction to Japanese language and culture. Practice in basic sentence patterns and conversational expressions to enable students to speak and write Japanese. (4 credits)

JAPA 101-L1

First Year Japanese I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 10:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 227
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Introduction to Japanese language and culture. Practice in basic sentence patterns and conversational expressions to enable students to speak and write Japanese. (4 credits)

JAPA 101-L2

First Year Japanese I Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: NEILL 113
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Introduction to Japanese language and culture. Practice in basic sentence patterns and conversational expressions to enable students to speak and write Japanese. (4 credits)

JAPA 101-L3

First Year Japanese I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 247
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Introduction to Japanese language and culture. Practice in basic sentence patterns and conversational expressions to enable students to speak and write Japanese. (4 credits)

JAPA 203-01

Second Year Japanese I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 110
  • Instructor: Ritsuko Larson

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 102. While the emphasis is placed on listening and speaking skills, students continue their study of kanji and begin to work with short texts. (4 credits)


JAPA 203-02

Second Year Japanese I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 110
  • Instructor: Ritsuko Larson

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 102. While the emphasis is placed on listening and speaking skills, students continue their study of kanji and begin to work with short texts. (4 credits)


JAPA 203-L1

Second Year Japanese I Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 10:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 404
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 102. While the emphasis is placed on listening and speaking skills, students continue their study of kanji and begin to work with short texts. (4 credits)


JAPA 203-L2

Second Year Japanese I Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 113
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 102. While the emphasis is placed on listening and speaking skills, students continue their study of kanji and begin to work with short texts. (4 credits)


JAPA 203-L3

Second Year Japanese I Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 110
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 102. While the emphasis is placed on listening and speaking skills, students continue their study of kanji and begin to work with short texts. (4 credits)


JAPA 254-01

Japanese Film and Animation: From the Salaryman to the Shojo

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: NEILL 110
  • Instructor: Arthur Mitchell

Notes: *Cross-listed with ASIA 254-01; weekly mandatory film screenings TBD*

This course surveys the history of Japanese film from the "golden age" of Japanese cinema to the contemporary transnational genre of anime. While introducing methodologies of film analysis and interpretation, it develops knowledge of how major works of Japanese film and animation have expresed and critiqued issues of modern Japanese society. In doing this, we trace the development of two related archetypes: the middle-class salaryman and the adolescent girl (shojo). These figures - as well as their incarnations as cyberpunks and mecha-warriors, sex workers and teen rebels - help us explore Japanese film's engagement with the strictures of middle-class society, the constrained status of women, fantasy and escapism, sexuality and desire. Weekly screenings and discussion will be supplemented by readings in film theory and cultural criticism. Directors include Ozu Yasujiro, Akira Kurosawa, Oshima Nagisa, Miyazaki Hayao, Anno Hideaki, and Hosoda Mamoru. No prior knowledge of Japanese required. Cross-listed as Asian Studies 254. (4 credits)

JAPA 305-01

Third Year Japanese I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: NEILL 111
  • Instructor: Ritsuko Larson

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 204. Emphasizes continued development of conversation skills, while not neglecting the development of reading skills. (4 credits)


JAPA 305-L1

Third Year Japanese I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 110
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 204. Emphasizes continued development of conversation skills, while not neglecting the development of reading skills. (4 credits)


JAPA 305-L2

Third Year Japanese I Lab

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 247
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 204. Emphasizes continued development of conversation skills, while not neglecting the development of reading skills. (4 credits)


JAPA 335-01

Analyzing Japanese Language

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 111
  • Instructor: Satoko Suzuki

Notes: *Cross-listed with ASIA 335-01 and LING 335-01*

Our perception is greatly influenced by the language we use. Without knowing, we limit ourselves to thinking that our current perspective is the only way by which to view ourselves and the world. By analyzing Japanese, students can experience perceptual and cultural systems that are different from their own. At the same time, students may also discover that there are certain qualities that are common even in "exotic" languages such as Japanese. What is the function of the topic marker? Why can't you translate "he is cold" into Japanese word for word? Why are there so many different personal pronouns in Japanese? How do you express your feelings in Japanese? What is the relationship between your identity and gendered speech? This course provides opportunities to discuss these questions that students of Japanese commonly have. Students will also experience examining authentic Japanese data. Japanese Language and Culture majors who are juniors and seniors may count this course as their capstone experience. Cross-listed with Asian Studies 335 and Linguistics 335. 4 credits.

JAPA 407-01

Fourth Year Japanese I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 400
  • Instructor: Satoko Suzuki

Notes: This course aims at the acquisition of advanced level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students are given opportunities to develop abilities to narrate and describe, to understand main ideas and most details of connected discourse on a variety of topics, to read prose several paragraphs in length, and to write routine social correspondence and join sentences in simple discourse of at least several paragraphs in length on familiar topics. In addition, students will practice language that is sociolinguistically appropriate in specific situations. May be repeated for credit. (4 credits)


Spring 2018

JAPA 102-01

First Year Japanese II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Satoko Suzuki

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 101. (4 credits)

JAPA 102-02

First Year Japanese II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Satoko Suzuki

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 101. (4 credits)

JAPA 102-L1

First Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 101. (4 credits)

JAPA 102-L2

First Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 101. (4 credits)

JAPA 102-L3

First Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 10:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 101. (4 credits)

JAPA 204-01

Second Year Japanese II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Ritsuko Larson

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 203. (4 credits)


JAPA 204-02

Second Year Japanese II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Ritsuko Larson

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 203. (4 credits)


JAPA 204-L1

Second Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 10:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 203. (4 credits)


JAPA 204-L2

Second Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 203. (4 credits)


JAPA 204-L3

Second Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 203. (4 credits)


JAPA 260-01

Narratives of Alienation: 20th Century Japanese Fiction and Film

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Arthur Mitchell

Notes: *Cross-listed with ASIA 260-01*

The sense of being out of place in one's society or one's nation, estranged from one's self or the world - this is the feeling that has motivated many of the narratives of modern Japanese fiction. Through stories of precocious adolescents, outcast minorities, vagabond women, disillusioned soldiers, and rebellious youth, this course examines the social implications of narrative fiction (including film, anime, and manga) within the context of modern Japanese history. While introducing methods of literary analysis and developing a familiarity with major works of Japanese fiction, the course aims to cultivate an understanding of how stories can be used to engage and think about the quandaries of modern society. We will explore the way these narratives express marginal experiences, rethink the foundations of human and societal bonds, and articulate new ways of being in the world. Works covered include stories by Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Kawabata Yasunari, Oe Kenzaburo, Mishima Yukio, and Murakami Haruki, as well as films by Akira Kurosawa, Koreeda Hirokazu, and Otomo Katsuhiro. No knowledge of Japanese required. Cross-listed with Asian Studies 260. (4 credits)

JAPA 306-01

Third Year Japanese II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Sachiko Dorsey

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 305. Emphasizes strong development of reading and writing skills. (4 credits)


JAPA 306-L1

Third Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 305. Emphasizes strong development of reading and writing skills. (4 credits)


JAPA 306-L2

Third Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 10:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 305. Emphasizes strong development of reading and writing skills. (4 credits)


JAPA 306-L3

Third Year Japanese II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Shun Kato

Notes: Continuation of Japanese 305. Emphasizes strong development of reading and writing skills. (4 credits)


JAPA 408-01

Fourth Year Japanese II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Sachiko Dorsey

Notes: This course is a continuation of Fourth Year Japanese I. It continues work on the acquisition of advanced level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students are given opportunities to understand the main ideas of extended discourse, to read texts which are linguistically complex, and to write about a variety of topics. May be repeated for credit. (4 credits)


JAPA 488-01

Translating Japanese: Theory and Practice

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Arthur Mitchell

Notes: *Cross-listed with LING 488-01*

This workshop for advanced students of Japanese explores the craft and cultural implications of Japanese-to-English literary translation. It aims to give students not only a facility and sophistication in translating Japanese, but also a closer familiarity with the Japanese language itself. Through weekly translation assignments, we will examine the expressive qualities of the Japanese language, tracing major developments of prose style in the modern period and studying the socio-historical context manifested in those linguistic innovations. Our work will be informed and enhanced by engagements with theories of translation as well as essays on Japanese-to-English translation specifically. We will cover a broad range of genres, including essays, poetry, manga, and film (subtitles). The course will culminate in an original project translating a Japanese work of one's choice.