Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Letters & Science

Spring 2017 Courses

E Asian 235: Genres of Asian Religious Writing

MW 2:25-3:15 pm (22 Ingraham Hall)
Professor Mark Meulenbeld

Writing intensive course based on the conventions in which Asian writers have expressed religious ideas. Readings introduce major Asian religious traditions and expressive genres. Includes discussion section. (3-cr., Intermediate, Humanities, Com B. Open to Fr)

E Asian 253: Japanese Culture & Civilization: Japan Pop! From Bashô to Banana

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:15 pm (150 Russell Laboratories)
Professor Adam L. Kern

Course video trailer. An introduction to the culture, life-styles and thought of the Japanese people, with frequent reference to their history, literature and art. (3-cr., Elementary, Humanities. Open to Fr)

LCA 274: Religions in South Asia - Cancelled

E Asian 300: Introduction to Korean Culture

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:45 (494 Van Hise)
Instructor Hye Eun Choi

This course examines the major issues, themess, and ideas in Korean culture and society throughout the 20th century. While investigating different cultural media such as films, songs, short stories, and cartoons, we will learn how to understand them in relation to larger social and historical phenomena and processes.  The scope of the course is transnational, so we will examine the intersection of global, regional, and domestic factors in production and reception of Korean popular culture.  (3-cr., Elementary, Humanities. Open to Fr)  Most audiovisual sources as well as literary texts are in English and no previous knowledge of Korean is required.

LCA 300 (Lec 001): Indian Traditions in the Modern Age

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:15 pm (474 Van Hise Hall)
Professor Gudrun Buhnemann

This course explores how ancient Indian traditions have been reframed for the modern age. Topics include the Ramayana in popular media, negotiations over sacred spaces, and popular Tantra. We will also examine recent controversies, such as the one surrounding the ancient Jain practice of fasting until death (sallekhana) in the modern age. (3-cr., Intermediate, Humanities. Open to Fr). Course flyer.

LCA 300 (Lec 002): Tibetan Cultures and Traditions

MW 2:30-3:45 pm (240 Van Hise Hall)
Instructor Jampa Khedup

This is an introductory course on Tibetan Cultures and Traditions. In this course, students will be introduced to a wide variety of ancient Tibetan cultural beliefs, practices and motifs that are practiced to this day. We will examine topics such as: gender roles and stereotypes in Tibetan society; folk beliefs and practices; astrology, divination, dream interpretation and related issues; art, music and theater; traditional Tibetan medicine and healing practices; and finally, the varied and extensive religious traditions of Tibet in their cultural manifestations. In each session, we will examine a central theme and then inquire into the way that it contributes to—or contests—a cultural universe that has direct impact on Tibetan lives. (3-cr., Intermediate, Humanities. Open to Fr)

E Asian 361: Masterworks of Japanese Literature: The Tale of Genji
MWF 8:50-9:40 am (104 Van Hise Hall)
Professor Charo D'Etcheverry

This course explores the adventures of the "Shining Genji," hero of both the world's first psychological novel and one of its earliest soap operas. Over the course of the semester, we will closely read his adventures and discuss what they can teach us about our own lives, as well as about Japanese history. We will also take full advantage of a millennium's worth of popular tributes to the tale, from premodern picture scrolls to recent films and music videos. First-year students are very welcome in this course. (3-cr., Advanced, Literature. Soph standing). Course flyer.

LCA 428: Visual Cultures of South Asia

MW 2:30-3:45 pm (L150 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building)
Professor Preeti Chopra

This lecture course concentrates on the images (art, advertisements, photography, television, and cinema), material culture (such as, clothing), and environments (architecture, urban planning, and public rituals) of India. (3-cr., Intermediate, Humanities. Open to Fr). More information on course.

E Asian 466: Buddhist Thought

MW 9:55-10:45 am (594 Van Hise Hall)
Professor John Dunne

Survey of the fundamental trends in Buddhist thought through the works of major philosophers. Themes include the concept of "selflessness" and concomitant theories of essencelessness, perception, language and rationality. Inculdes discussion section. Previous study of Buddhism or philosophy is not required. (3-cr., Intermediate, Humanities, Soph standing or consent of instrutor). Course flyer.

E Asia 520: Popular Culture and Film in Twentieth-Century China

MW 3:30-5:25 pm (399 Van Hise Hall)
Instructor Jasmine Yu-Hsing Chen

A historical narrative of popular culture from the turn of the century to contemporary China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Offered in a seminar format. (3-cr., Advanced, Humanities. Jr st & consent of instructor; no knowledge of Chinese required). Course flyer.

E Asia 573: Readings in Classical Japanese Literature

Professor Charo D'Etcheverry

A close reading and translation of selected texts in Classical Japanese literature. Includes such works as Genji Monogatari, plays of the Noh Theatre, and Saikaku. (3-cr., Advanced, Literature. Prereq: E Asian 404 or equiv)

LCA 621: Mapping, Making, and Representing Colonial Spaces

Mondays 5:00-7:00  (L170 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building)
Professor Preeti Chopra

Spatial lagacy of colonialism; explores important ways in which the population, landscape, architecture, and urban environment of colonies were mapped, made, and represented, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries. (3-cr., Intermediate, Humanities. Sr standing or consent of instructor). More information on course.

LCA 623: Yoga: Methods and Goals

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:15 pm (579 Van Hise Hall)
Professor Gudrun Buhnemann

Explores Yoga techniques propagated in the ancient Indian texts, as well as their adaptions in the Western world. (3-cr., Advanced, Humanities. Soph st and one course in S Asian religions or consent of instructor)