JK11002 Foundations I-Seminar(VMC)

Numbering Code U-LET36 3JK11 LE36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Intensive, First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type special lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Intensive
Instructor name INNAMI FUSAKO (Part-time Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course aims to approach Japonisme not only as a visually oriented “Japanese/Eastern craze” but as a critical whole-body engagement, with depictions and representations of “other” cultures in literature, visual culture, and performance. It also intends to proactively examine the formation and the development of cultural theory, in conjunction with the emergence of various “-isms” from the late nineteenth century onward. Through multimedia texts/examples (e.g., travel writing/diaries, essays/novels, operas/music scores, prints/photographs/films) produced by people who visited/lived/were interested in Japan, as well as by Japanese natives, with cross-cultural interactions and imaginations, this course explores how various ways of “graphing” (tracing creatively) cultural imaginaries shaped the broader trend of Japonisme. Overall, by approaching Japonisme through the interconnected web of multimedia representations and cultural discourses, this course critically rereads the modern circulation of cultural images focused on vision and literacy. Moreover, it suggests a mode of multisensory engagement in arts, which can ask several fundamental questions, including how each sense modality and art form relate to one another, how arts contribute to conscious living and to the environment, and above all, how we shape and “rewrite/regraph” cultural knowledge.
Course Goals By the end of this course, students are expected to possess a critical understanding of a range of texts, images, and representations with relevant artistic, theoretical, and political trends in a global sphere, as well as knowledge of relevant cultural debates, such as orientalism, colonialism/post-colonialism, and modernism in directly relevant fields. Students are expected to have the ability to critically analyze a variety of textual genres and performance/visual/media cultures, think across disciplines, and undertake cross-cultural analyses by proactively thinking about ways to bridge cultural and social differences. Moreover, they will have enhanced abilities in critical thinking, essay writing, oral presentation, and independent research, as well as skills in teamwork through peer support/group reading.
Schedule and Contents Session 1-2: Introduction: Art, Life, and Expression
Session 3-4: Circulation: Objects, Commodities, or Float
Session 5-6: Photogenic Screen and Cultural Imaginaries
Session 7-8: Encounter: Emotion and Love as Matter of Political Economy
Session 9-10: Operatic Japonisme
Session 11-12: Impressionistic Sonic Sceneries
Session 13-14: Living the Double Identities
Session 15: Reflection: Cultural Translation
Evaluation Methods and Policy Students are expected to prepare a 500-word response paper for each of paired sessions - no submission is required, although students can use it as a part of their in-class oral presentations (this oral presentation weighs 10 points, 10% of overall mark), leading to the final assessment through one dossier submission. Students will submit a written essay/paper dossier (5,000 words, which weighs 90 point, 90%), to be marked according to 6 grades. Teaching and assessment will be in English; when the reading materials include texts written in other languages (i.e., when a published English translation is unavailable), English translation will be provided.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are expected to conduct independent learning and research during the course. This includes independent reading, critical/analytical thinking, and essay-writing. Above-mentioned 500-word response papers can be used toward oral presentation and the final paper, so that students will engage with essay writing as a process throughout the course.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Awash in Color: French and Japanese Prints, Chelsea Foxwell and Anne Leonard, eds, (University of Chicago Press, 2012)
Aesthetic Life: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan, Miya Elise Mizuta Lippit, (Harvard University Asia Center, 2019)
The Japan of Pure Invention: The Racial History of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Josephine D. Lee, (University of Minnesota Press, 2010)
The Essential Akutagawa , Seiji Lippit , ed, (Marsilio, 1999)
Madame Butterfly and A Japanese Nightingale, Maureen Honey and Jean Lee Cole, (Rutgers University Press, 2002)
Debussy’s Critics: Sound, Affect, and the Experience of Modernism , Alexandra Kieffer, (Oxford University Press, 2019)
Chapters from above-mentioned books as well as journal articles and additional materials (handouts) will be used.
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