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Summer 2017 Course list 

Fall 2017 Course list

Summer Offerings

E Asian 123: Elementary Japanese     

Time: June 26 - July 21, Monday to Friday 8:55-10.45 am

No prerequisites; no Japanese experiece necessary!  Learn survival-level Japanese, such as: Basic greetings, Asking what/where/what time, Talking about daily routine, things you did, How to read/write hiragana, katakana, and some kanji. Students who complete E Asian 123 in the summer can continue studying Japanese by taking E Asian 124 in the fall.



E Asian 371: (En)gendering Modern China: Women, Literature, Cinema     

Time: June 19-July 16, Monday to Thursday 1:00-3:30 pm

This course looks at the historical and imaginative roles of Chinese women in the long twentieth century. We will examine the ways in which women are imagined, mobilized, and seizing their agency in both historical process and in literary and cinematic representation. More importantly, we will relate the ebbs and flows, vignettes and events, to the ways "modern China" is produced. Temporally, our discussions start with the Late Qing period where women's foot-binding became a social problem, move onto the Republican era that witnessed a prismatic array of disputes on and by women, followed by the socialist era that featured state feminism, and end with promises and perils brought to women in the contemporary Chinese society. Our themes cover women in relation to revolution and war, rural-urban divide, everyday life, sexuality, and environmental issues. This course counts towards Humanities requirement and Liberal Arts and Science credit. Feel free to write me an email ( if you feel interested or have any question!


E Asian 376 & Lit Trans 231: MANGA     

ONLINE COURSE: May 30 - June 25, 2017

The exciting vitality of contemporary Japanese comics culture is celebrated worldwide, with manga gaining increasing popularity and critical attention outside Japan with every passing year. This new on-line course explores the history, essence, and phenomenon of manga—the Japanese comicbook, comic strip, and graphic novel. Our overarching goal is to better understand a central expressive media of one of the world’s great cultures. Accordingly, we will explore various works of manga in different subgenres (such as shōnenshōjo, mecha, cyberpunk, and gekiga) in a comparative, transnational context.

This is really two courses in one: (1) Literature in Translation 231 requires no Japanese language proficiency and therefore accepts anyone; (2) East Asian 376 limits admission to sophomores on up who have two full semesters of Japanese language proficiency (EA 104 or higher). EA376 credit can go toward fulfillment of the Japanese major (at least at UW-Madison).

Warning: Some materials in this course contain scenes of graphic sex and/or violence. Nobody under the age of 17 is admitted without parental permission.

Offered on-line for the first time, “Manga” is based on the popular course taught by Professor Adam L. Kern, author of Manga from the Floating World (Harvard University Asia Center, 2006). For more on Kern, please visit: For the course video trailer: