Graduate Courses

Research Areas

Asia

ASIA 510B (012) –  Monastic Biography and Hagiography in East Asian Buddhism [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Jinhua Chen

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

As a general introduction to medieval East Asian (mainly Chinese and Japanese) monastic bio/hagiographical literature, this seminar (for graduate students and advanced under-graduates) will begin with a general discussion of its nature, structure and basic features, which is supplemented by a comparison of East Asian monastic biographies with Chinese secular (official) biographies on the one hand and Western (mainly Christian) biographies on the other. After a brief survey of biographies of nuns, a peculiar portion of East Asian monastic biographical literature, we will formally investigate the functions monastic biographies played in medieval East Asian Buddhism, focusing on the following aspects: (i) the writing of monastic biographies and the formation of sectarian consciousness, (ii) monastic biographies as a vehicle of sectarian ideologies, (iii) monastic biographies as a polemical instrument. In the course of this investigation, we will touch on the historical and textual value of monastic biographical literature, especially its significance for deciphering sectarian agenda. Some general methods of interpreting monastic biographies will also be introduced (in particular, we will stress the necessity and effectiveness of reading monastic biographies in close comparison with their corresponding autobiographies).

ASIA 524B (021)-Japanese for Chinese and Korean Specialists
Instructor: Dr. Christina Laffin

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

This course is designed to make research produced in Japanese accessible to students who are specializing in topics related to China and Korea. Some Japanese reading capability is required but we will focus on improving existing skills and practicing strategies for unpacking Japanese scholarly writing.

We will begin by examining common patterns and stylistic tendencies within Japanese scholarly prose (the “shoronbun” 小論文 style). Since there are few set “rules” but many common attributes and frequently used phrases, we will parse some samples of this sometimes infuriating style. Our goal will be to read with maximum efficiency so that sections of interest can be quickly identified and understood.

We will then test article and book databases so that students can search and find secondary scholarship in their fields of study. We will use these selections to fuel the remainder of the class. By the end, students should have made their way through a number of Japanese articles or book sections that relate to their research areas.

Time and interest permitting, we will also discuss scholarly presentations (gakujutsu kenkyu happyo 学術研究発表) in Japan so that students can compile abstracts (yoyaku 要約) and various “materials” (shiryo 資料) in the form of handouts (rejume レジュメ) or simply understand how this process works in the context of Japanese presentations.

If there are questions or requests in terms of course content, please contact Christina Laffin at christina.laffin@ubc.ca

 

China

ASIA 502 A (026) – Modern Chinese Fiction and Western Criticism [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Rea

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

This graduate seminar will focus on how the city has been represented and imagined in modern Chinese literature and cinema from the early twentieth century to the present. It will explore cities not just as population centres, but as also literary muses and loci of regional, national, and cosmopolitan identity formation. In focusing on cities as imaginary constructs, we will analyze how they gain symbolic power through the values attributed to them; how certain ideas and myths “stick” in the popular imagination and come to be recycled as representational tropes; and how these discursive patterns compare to non-Chinese contexts. Students will write a research paper.

ASIA 503A (005) – T1 2017W – Problems in the History of the Chinese Language [3.0 credits]

Instructor: Dr. Bruce Rusk
ASIA 506A (018) – T1 2017W-Topics in Chinese Linguistics and Sociolinguistics [3.0 credits]
Tuesdays, 6-8:30 pm, BUCH B304

Instructor: Dr. Duanduan Li

This course introduces graduate students to some fundamental aspects of the Chinese language – its history, structure, dialects, spoken vs. written language. We also examine sociolinguistic topics and issues related to language contact, language change, language ideology, language policy, and language use in Chinese society. The course will be conducted through lectures combined with class discussions of assigned readings and individual/small-group presentations. Course work will also include students’ selection of a research topic, their bibliographic search for relevant materials, a term paper and an oral presentation on the topic. The course is taught in English with examples from Chinese. Familiarity with the Chinese language is expected.

ASIA 507B (018) – Topics in Chinese Applied Linguistics [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Duanduan Li

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

Pre-requisites ASIA 506: Chinese Linguistics and Sociolinguistics (or instructor’s approval)

This course provides an overview to theory and research related to teaching/learning Chinese as a second, foreign or heritage language. It explores current issues related to Chinese language instruction around the world and examines major approaches to foreign language pedagogy with an emphasis on their applications to Chinese language instruction. Topics include: Chinese second language acquisition and socialization, Chinese lesson planning, teaching methodology, Chinese teaching material development and evaluation, testing and assessment, Chinese heritage language learning, culture and language learning, and the use of technology in Chinese language teaching.

ASIA 508 (020) –  Topics in Pre-modern Chinese History and Institutions [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Josephine Chiu-Duke

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

This course examines in depth the history and institutions of imperial China with a focus on the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. Although background information will be covered, emphasis is on the character and patterns of social, political and intellectual history, and on the evolution of related institutions. Topics include: history and historiography, classical political thought, emperor and bureaucracy, structure of the central and local government, the examination system and civil service recruitment, female rule in early Tang politics, representation of womanhood, transformation of the ruling elite, land tenure and taxation, the rise of militarism, reform and counter reform, Confucian revival and the rise of Neo-Confucianism. Bibliography varies depending on student needs.

ASIA 510B ( 012) T2- Monastic Biography and Hagiography in East Asian Buddhism
Instructor: Dr. Jinhua Chen

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

As a general introduction to medieval East Asian (mainly Chinese and Japanese) monastic bio/hagiographical literature, this seminar (for graduate students and advanced under-graduates) will begin with a general discussion of its nature, structure and basic features, which is supplemented by a comparison of East Asian monastic biographies with Chinese secular (official) biographies on the one hand and Western (mainly Christian) biographies on the other. After a brief survey of biographies of nuns, a peculiar portion of East Asian monastic biographical literature, we will formally investigate the functions monastic biographies played in medieval East Asian Buddhism, focusing on the following aspects: (i) the writing of monastic biographies and the formation of sectarian consciousness, (ii) monastic biographies as a vehicle of sectarian ideologies, (iii) monastic biographies as a polemical instrument. In the course of this investigation, we will touch on the historical and textual value of monastic biographical literature, especially its significance for deciphering sectarian agenda. Some general methods of interpreting monastic biographies will also be introduced (in particular, we will stress the necessity and effectiveness of reading monastic biographies in close comparison with their corresponding autobiographies).

ASIA 511B (012) – T2  2017W –  Buddhist and Taoist texts in Chinese; Reading and Research Methods
Instructor: Dr. Jinhua Chen
Date and time: TBA

Topics of this course will be flexible, adjusting to the interest and background of the students. Selections for readings can be from any important Chinese Buddhist and Taoist texts belonging to any major Buddhist and Taoist traditions of any period. Focus is given to the doctrinal issues implied in a specific genre of Buddhist and Taoist texts. Methodological issues of interpreting Chinese Buddhist and Taoist texts are also to be discussed.

In addition to intensive reading of the original texts, students are to be trained in some basic methods indispensable for the research of Sinology in general and Buddhism and Taoism in particular. Students will be required to demonstrate at least basic competence in all the following areas:

  • Dictionaries (general and specialized).
  • Bibliographies and bibliographic databases in European and East Asian languages.
  • Historical Geography of China, Central Asia and India.
  • Use of maps, atlases and dictionaries.
  • Biography (religious and secular).
  • Official and religious titles.
  • Dates and chronologies.
  • Books and authors.
  • Structure and content of the Buddhist (and Taoist) canons.
  • Extra-canonical works and collectanea.
  • Indices and concordances (including electronic resources such as the Academia Sinica website).
  • Dunhuang materials.
  • Epigraphy.
  • Gazeteers (secular and monastic).
  • Dynastic histories.
  • Biji, anecdotal sources and unofficial histories.
  • Poetry.
  • Art historical sources.

By the end of this course students are expected to punctuate original Chinese Buddhist and Taoist texts correctly, translate them appropriately and interpret them both faithfully and creatively.

ASIA 511B (022) – Readings in Chinese Religious Texts: New Insights from the Earth: The Guodian Corpus [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Edward Slingerland

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

Can also be taken by undergraduates as Asia 490 (section 022) with instructor approval.

Perhaps the most exciting recent development in the field of early Chinese studies has been the discovery of troves of excavated texts, many of them previously unknown, that are in the process of enriching and transforming our understanding of early Chinese thought and literature. Texts on bamboo and silk excavated from tombs such as Mawangdui and Guodian, as well as looted bamboo strips purchased and published by the Shanghai Museum, have augmented the received textual record with entirely new kinds of texts that call into question traditional notions of genre and school affiliation.

This course will focus on the Guodian bamboo texts (interredc. 300 B.C.E.), and has several objectives. First, it aims to introduce students to the particular challenges involved in organizing and deciphering archeological texts of this sort. Second, it will introduce students to a variety of important Warring States texts, including an alternate version of the Laozi or Daodejing and a variety of previously unknown texts with a vaguely Confucian bent that may be associated with the lost school of Gaozi or Zisi.Third, it will help students to hone their classical Chinese skills, and also introduce graduate students to the vibrant world of secondary scholarship on these texts that has sprung up in mainland China. Students will be left with a more subtle and finely-textured view of the conceptual and literary landscape of Warring States China.

ASIA 512 B (005) – Advanced Readings in Classical Chinese [3.0 credits]                       
Instructor:Dr.Bruce Rusk

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

In this seminar we will read prose in Literary Chinese from the later imperial period (roughly 1000-1900 CE). “Literary Chinese” refers to the range of non-vernacular registers, based on older models, that were the normative form for most prestigious uses of writing: scholarship, bureaucratic documents, religious texts, even personal correspondence. The ability to write and/or read this language was shared among elites and some non-elites in China and the rest of East Asia, so it has left an enormous literary legacy: most of the surviving written material from China and Korea during this period, as well as a great deal from Japan and Vietnam.

The class is built around close reading of a small subset of this material in a few key genres; the exact content will be based on students’ interests and needs.

The only prerequisite is some experience reading Classical/Literary Chinese, whether in Chinese or another tradition (e.g., kambun). The class will be conducted in English, and no knowledge of Modern Chinese is required (students may read the texts with Korean, Japanese, or Vietnamese pronunciations, for example).

Anyone interested in taking this class should contact the instructor for further information.

ASIA 514 B (026) –T2- 2017W – Topics in Modern Chinese Literature [3.0 credits] 
Instructor: Christopher Rea

Date and time: To be scheduled; email Dr. Rea for details.

Murderers, thieves, swindlers, spies, sex offenders, gangsters, and political criminals: China can be a dangerous place, if the stories are to be believed. Fortunately, magistrates, police officers, consulting detectives, public security officers, counter-espionage agents, and good Samaritans have been there to protect us. How have tales of criminality and justice been told in modern China? What types of criminals have obsessed Chinese writers and readers, and which crime genres have been most popular? This graduate seminar will focus on the vast Chinese literature of criminality: court case fiction, swindle stories, and judicial crime reports of the late imperial period; detective and scandal fiction of Republican China; tales of spies and political espionage of the Mao era; contemporary trends in fiction, film, and popular media, and more. Vice has proven irresistible to storytellers and audiences across the world, provoking moral reflections while offering vicarious thrills. So, what’s the China story? This seminar is open to students with no reading knowledge of Chinese

ASIA 515A (015) – T1 2017W-Topics in Vernacular Fiction and DramaThe Vernacular Novel in the Ming Dynasty [3.0 credits] 
Instructor: Dr. Catherine Swatek

Date and time: TBD

In this seminar we will explore the evolution of the “four masterworks” of the novel in the Ming dynasty and devote some attention to the interrelationship between these novels and the theater, which concurrently reached its first golden age in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We will devote three weeks to each of these novels, reading extended excerpts (either in Chinese or in translation) in the first two weeks and devoting the third week to plays based on the same material. In this third week we will either read scripts or view taped performances (or both), to gain some appreciation of pre-modern Chinese theater both as scripted and performed and to see how the same subject matter was treated in these two genres of vernacular literature.
A major theme of the seminar will explore how and why Chinese novels broke free of the stranglehold of historiography as the prestige of fiction rose in the late Ming and authors and readers began to “make room for fiction” (in the words of David Rolston). In this respect we will pay attention to the role of commentators in this process, with the help of David Rolston and his collaborators in the two works listed below. We will also give attention to Andrew Plaks’s Four Masterworks of the Ming novel, which argues that these masterworks constituted a new genre of the “literati novel,” using commentaries as one tool to make this case. Another aim of the seminar will be to explore how the popularity of the theater in the Ming is reflected in these novels, not only in plays based on the same matière (Patrick Hanan’s term), but also in a “theatrical imagination” (Mei Chun’s term) reflected in these novels, which was fostered by the enthusiasm for theatrical spectacles.

 

Japan

ASIA 525A (007) – Topics in the Social History of Japanese Religions [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Nam-lin Hur

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

ASIA 528A(019) – T1 2017W-Problems of Japanese Intellectual History[3.0 credits]
 
Mondays, 4-6:30 pm, BUCH B209

 Instructor: Dr. Peter Nosco 

This seminar’s goal is to challenge a number of long-standing assumptions regarding various aspects of Japanese society before the Meiji period. Major themes include the construction of individual and collective identity, aggressive pursuit of self-interest, defiant practice of forbidden religious traditions, interest in self-cultivation and personal betterment, understandings of happiness and well-being, embrace of “neglected” counter-ideological values as practiced, evidence of both individuality and equality, and resistance to modernity and the modern transformation.  The two primary texts are the co-edited (Nosco, Ketelaar and Kojima) Values, Identity and Equality in 18th– and 19th-Century Japan (Brill 2015); and (Nosco) Individuality in Early Modern Japan  (Routledge 2017).

ASIA 532 A(009) – T1 2017W -Readings in Classical Japanese Texts [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Joshua Mostow

Date and time: TBD

Classical Japanese texts from a variety of genres and periods are read, typically from manuscript or early modern editions.

ASIA 532A (021) –  Topics in Traditional Japanese Literature [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Christina Laffin

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

This course will give students a broad yet in-depth view into premodern Japanese literary works from the Nara (710-784) to Edo (1603-1868) periods. The course is designed to be useful to those who are pursuing topics in premodern Japanese literature and history, are interested in improving or practicing reading classical Japanese texts, or would like to gain a better grasp of Japanese premodern literary history. We will examine and discuss a broad range of works while carrying out close reading of selections and relevant scholarship. Students will read a series of ancient to early modern literary sources aimed at preparing them for further studies, comprehensive examinations, and future teaching responsibilities.

ASIA 533B (006) –  T2 2017W – Topics in Modern Japanese Literature [3.0 credits]
Fridays , Time and place:TBD
Instructor: Christina Yi

A graduate seminar that explores the mutually constitutive relationship between Japan and its colonies through close reading and critical discussion of selected Japanese-language literary and critical texts. Particular attention will be given to the trans-lingual and cross-cultural formation of literary genres, languages, and national identities; the gender politics of kokugo (national language); and shifting definitions of “Japan” / “Japanese” from Meiji through Showa. We will also consider some of the postwar, postcolonial formations of nationhood and related processes of literary canonization after 1945. Prospective students should be capable of reading 50-100 pages of Japanese per week.

ASIA 533B (011) – T2 2017w – Topics in Modern Japanese Literature [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Sharalyn Orbaugh

In this course we read/view selections from Japanese modern narrative: fiction, film, manga, anime, etc. All narrative texts are in Japanese. These readings/viewings are matched each week with relevant readings in criticism or theory, in a mix of English and Japanese. Prospective students should be capable of reading 50-100 pages of Japanese per week. This course features a different topic each time it is taught. The topics for this course (as opposed to Asia 533 A) tend to deal with less-canonical, non-canonical, or specialized streams of narrative production. Recent topics have included: sexualities in modern fiction and popular culture; masculinities in modern cultural production; fiction of the Occupation period, 1945-1952.

ASIA 570A (011)  – T1 2017W-Approaches to Asian Literature-Topics in Modern Japanese Literature [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Sharalyn Orbaugh

ASIA 570 A (009) – Genji: Seminar in Classical Japanese Literature [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Joshua Mostow

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

The Tale of Genji
Topics change each year.

ASIA 570 B (009) – Genji: Seminar in Classical Japanese Literature [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Joshua Mostow

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

Edo Sexuality
Topics change each year.

Korea

ASIA 581  B (002) – T2 2017WResearch Methods and Source Materials in Korean Studies [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Don Baker
Date and time: TBD

An introduction to primary and secondary sources in specific fields of Korean Studies as well as to the various methodologies used in the field. Students focusing on the Chosŏn dynasty are required to use materials in Classical Chinese. Students focusing on Korea in the 20th century are required to use materials in Korean and Japanese.

ASIA 581 A (007) – Research Methods and Source Materials in Korean Studies [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Namlin Hur

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

ASIA 582B (008) – 2016W Term 2 : History and Structure of the Korean Language [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Ross King

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

The purpose of the course is to learn the basics of Middle Korean, the language recorded in the earliest hangul records from the 15th century shortly after the alphabet was invented. The text we use is the 삼강행실도 (三綱行實圖, Illustrated Conduct of the Three Bonds). This was a Neo-Confucian ethics primer that continued to be used and reprinted for the next 500 years in Choson. Because it is illustrated (illustrated books were rare in Choson), it is quite fun.

ASIA 583A, B (001) – Topics in Korean Literature [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Bruce Fulton

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

This course is an intensive workshop seminar in Korean-to-English literary translation. Each student completes a translation of an as yet untranslated Korean short story, or a translation of any literary work that is treated in his or her MA thesis or Ph.D. dissertation. Students critique one another’s work, and are encouraged subsequently to seek publication of their complete translation.

ASIA 584B (008)  – Topics in Korean Traditional Literature [3.0 credits] 
Instructore: Dr. Ross King

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

We will spend the term reading from a couple different late-Choson manuscript copies of 서상기 (西廂記, aka Xixiangji in Mandarin). This is China’s most popular play, a love comedy (the inspiration for 춘향전, it would seem), and it was also hugely popular in Choson (though so scandalous as a text that it was never printed, and only ever circulated in manuscript). We will look at a couple different manuscripts and pay attention to the glosses and commentaries in Korean, as well as to the 18th- and 19th-century Korean translations that often accompanied in the margins. We would also read a few articles (one or two a week) in Korean about the reception of the play in Korea (not a lot of research has been done on this, though, because of Korean nationalist sentiment–after all, it’s not ‘Korean’).

ASIA 587A (002) – T1 2017W The History of the Choson Dynasty [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Don Baker
Date and time: TBD

A survey of Korea on the edge of modernity. We will start with an examination of the sirhak thinker Tasan Chŏng Yagyong (1762-1836), and then go on to look at changes in politics, religion, culture, and literature in Korea over the course of the 19th century before the major intrusions of the outside world in the last quarter of that century.  We will next look at how Korea dealt with the many challenges it faced after 1876 from a more assertive Japan, the West, and even China. The diaries of two Westerners in Korea at the end of the 19th century, Rev. Horace Underwood and Bishop Gustave Mutel, will be explored to see how Korea looked to outsiders at that time. Finally, we will look at how Koreans themselves reacted to the end of the five-century old Chosŏn dynasty.

ASIA 587 A (007) – T1 2017W The Choson Dynasty [3.0 credits]

Tuesdays, 3:00-5:30 pm, room 506 in Asian Library

Instructor: Dr. Nam-lin Hur

This graduate seminar will deal with issues related to women, family life, status system, ethnocentrism, and foreign contacts in Late Choson and early Colonial Korea. Readings will include books and journal articles in Korea and English and each participant will be required to write a position paper (2-3 pages) for each meeting. Depending on the needs of participants, specific topics will be chosen and discussed.

 

South Asia

ASIA 547 (023) – Narrative Theory and South Asian Literature [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Adheesh Sathaye

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

Key theoretical issues in the production and enactment of folk narratives in traditional and modern South Asian cultures.

ASIA 576 (025) – Topics in Sikh and South Asian Studies [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Anne Murphy

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

ASIA 598 (025)  Asia and the Museological Imagination [3 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Anne Murphy

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

Theories, Methods & Pan-Regional

ASIA 501 A,B (020) – Research Methods and Source Materials in Classical Chinese Studies [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Josephine Chiu-Duke

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

This course is an introduction to research methods and bibliography in Classical Chinese studies. While classroom discussion about research materials is necessary, students’ direct contact and familiarity with these materials are nonetheless the primary goal of this course. For this purpose, small problems related to specific types of material will be given to students regularly

ASIA 501 (015) – Research Methods and Source Materials for Classical Chinese Studies [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Catherine Swatek

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

ASIA 501 (017) –    Source Materials and Research Methods for Classical Chinese Studies [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Leo K. Shin

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

The goal of this course is to introduce students to some of the research tools and source materials available for the study of China in the imperial period. Emphasis will be placed on the tools and sources that are particularly useful for the study of the history of later imperial China.

ASIA 521B (021) – T2 2017W – Research Methods and Source Materials in Japanese Studies. [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Christina Laffin

Date and time: TBD

This seminar is designed as a “bibliography” course which will familiarize participants with resources, approaches, and best practices in accessing and utilizing sources related to the study of Japan. We will focus on premodern Japan and draw from the instructor’s experience with literary resources, but the problems we consider are designed to be relevant to a wide range of fields. Areas we will research, consider, and discuss include:

– annotating Japanese sources: best practices

– books and periodicals

– dictionaries, bibliographies, and catalogues

– accessing collections

– digitized resources: finding, navigating, browsing, searching, editing, and analyzing

shoshigaku and book history

– documenting/interviewing/dealing with material culture

– digital humanities projects

The course will draw from the expertise of UBC librarians, colleagues in Asian Studies, and scholars based in Japan to offer a breadth of perspectives to better equip students as they approach individual research projects. We will visit relevant collections and resources at UBC, including the Asian Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, the Museum of Anthropology, and the Digitization Centre.

ASIA 541A ( 023) – T1 2017W – Research Methods and Source Materials in South Asian Studies -Aesthetics in Sanskrit Literature
Instructor: Dr. Adheesh Sathaye

Wednesdays, 4-7pm BUCH B302

ASIA 541A (025) –  Research Methods and Source Materials in South Asian Studies [3 credits]

Instructor: Dr. Anne Murphy

This class represents a unique opportunity to read narrative poetic literature from early modern South Asia across several methodological and linguistic divides. We will examine Sufi (Islamic mystical) narrative traditions in Hindavi/Avadhi (generally known as early Hindi; in translation) and Punjabi (in the original), and focus on reading Waris Shah’s Heer in both Gurmukhi (the script utilized for Punjabi in India) and Shahmukhi (the Perso-Arabic script used for Urdu and Persian, which is utilized to write Punjabi in Pakistan). (Students must know one of these scripts to take the course.) To enable this reading “across scripts,” the first weeks of the class are dedicated to the teaching of one of these scripts to those who do not already know both of them. We will also examine new ground-breaking secondary work on this literary form that has been published in recent years.

ASIA 561 (011) –  Postcolonial Theory and Gender in Modern Asia  –  Postcolonial Feminism [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Sharalyn Orbaugh

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

NOTE: This seminar counts for the pan-Asian theory course requirement for Asian Studies PhD students.

Gender studies and postcolonial studies share a number of common concerns and approaches, but the rise of postcolonial studies in the last two decades has also brought challenges to some anglo-european feminist and gender theory. Similarly, gender studies has provided post-colonial theory and criticism with useful correctives through its tenet that gender/sex/sexuality must be a fundamental part of any cultural, social or political theory.

The seminar will first introduce students to key terms, debates and current issues in postcolonial studies with special attention to feminist and gender studies perspectives. Then we will examine examples of contemporary social issues in or about Asia that illustrate the commonalities and disjunctions of gender studies and postcolonial studies.

In the second half of the term we will return to the gendered roots of colonialism and orientalism and examine literary and artistic works that illustrate both the productive and dangerous aspects of representation.

ASIA 561 (002) – Problems of Modernization in Eastern and Southern Asia
Instructor: Dr. Don Baker

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

Section 002 explores the reproduction of traumatic events from 20th century Asian history.  We will look at how such traumatic events as the violent suppression of peaceful demonstrators in Korea’s Kwangju in 1980,  the Korean  War, the Vietnam War, the bloody division of India into two separate countries in 1947, the bombing of Hiroshima, the killing fields of Cambodia, the horrors of Nanjing in 1937-38, and the Cultural Revolution in China from 1966 through 1976, and see how such events have been reproduced in journalistic and scholarly accounts as well as in film, drama,  art, and even music. A particular focus of this course will be to examine the role of real and constructed memories in self-identity, domestic politics, and international relations. The particular events to be studied are determined by the interests of the students enrolled.   This graduate seminar is appropriate for students of Asian history, politics, or culture as well as students in the School of Journalism and the MAPPS program.

The primary textbooks for this class are:
Margaret MacMillan:  The Uses and Abuses of History
Michael Berry:  A History of Pain: Trauma in Modern Chinese Literature and Film
There will be additional readings for each of the traumatic events we explore.

ASIA 561B (003) T2 2017W – Problems of Modernization in Eastern and Southern Asia

Instructor: Dr. Hyung-Gu Lynn

Mondays, 2:30-4:30, Room 129, Choi Building
The first session will be held in Room 129 on Monday, January 15, 2018

Dr. Hyung-Gu Lynn is offering the course “Popular Cultures in Asia: Theories, Methods, and Approaches.” This graduate seminar will cover various approaches to the analysis of popular culture in Asia.

It will be composed of three segments:

(1) theoretical and comparative readings;

(2) readings focused on specific cases in Asia (mainly in modern and contemporary periods covering South, Southeast, and East Asia); and

(3) readings and research for one final paper, for which there will be on presentation.

The format will be discussion based. Readings and schedules will be finalized at the January 11 session.

 

ASIA 561A (008 )  Problems of Modernization in Eastern and Southern Asia
Instructor: Dr.Ross King

Not offered in 201-2018 academic year

Course outline

This course examines the relationship between colonialism and language, especially with respect to (mainly East) Asia. Topics covered include: orientalism, 19th-century philology, and the rise of modern linguistics; colonialism and missionary linguistics; colonialism and the rise of modern national languages in Asia; colonial educational and language policies and their legacies in Asia; the problem of cosmopolitan vs. vernacular in Asian colonial contexts; colonialism, linguistic thought and language ideology; elite bilingualism under conditions of colonialism; language contact and language change under colonialism; etc. Special attention is paid to British colonialism in India and Japanese colonialism in Korea and Taiwan.

Sample readings: L-J Calvet (1974/2002): Linguistique et colonialisme: petit traité de glottophagie; Cohn (1996): Colonialism and its forms of knowledge: The British in India; J. Errington (2008): Linguistics in a colonial world: a story of language, meaning, and power; J. Fabian (1986): Language and colonial power. The appropriation of Swahili in the former Belgian Congo, 1880-1938; W. Koyama (2003): Language and its double: a critical history of metalanguages in Japan (PhD dissertation, U Chicago).

ASIA 562A (016)  – T1 2017W – Buddhism, Modernity, and the Nation-State in Asia
Instructor: Dr. Jessica Main

Fridays, 2-5pm, C.K. Choi building, room 351

This course will meet on Friday afternoons. Critical examination of the case of Buddhism in Asia in light of the emergence of the nation-state and theories of modernity. Buddhist groups have thought carefully about the functions of modern states and their place within them in terms of military service, violence, enforcement, social service, relief, and medical care. Buddhists have lived for, under, and through every imaginable political ideology: colonialism, nationalism, postcolonialism, fascism, communism, secular democracy, and capitalism. Some have participated in mainstream power politics and the rise of Asian nationalisms. Others have formed activist and interest groups, becoming involved in nonviolent protest. Yet others have defined themselves as strictly apolitical. The seminar will analyze specific configurations of Buddand~ hism and the nation-state, and the idea that religion isor ought to beapolitical.

ASIA 566 (002) – History of Christianity in Asia [3.0 credits]
Instructor: Dr. Don Baker

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

ASIA 570B (001) – Approaches to Asian Literature: Critical Issues in Asian Studies [ 3 credits]- T2 in 2017W

Wednesdays, 5-7:30pm, BUCH B 216

Coordinator: Dr. Bruce Rusk

NOTE: ASIA 570 Approaches to Asian Literature is offered by several instructors with different topics. Please make sure that you have registered the right section of this course

ASIA 577 (002) – New Religious Movements Of East Asia [3.0 credits]

Instructor: Dr. Don Baker

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

ASIA 580A/B  – 2017W – Directed readings

This course is offered by several instructors.Please make sure that you have registered the right section of this course.

ASIA 581  B (002) – T2 2017W – Research Methods and Source Materials in Korean Studies [3.0 credits]

Instructor: Dr. Don Baker

ASIA 590 (022) – Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion [3.0 credits]

Instructor: Dr. Edward Slingerland
Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year

ASIA 591 (001) – T1 2017W – Critical Issues in Asian Studies [ 3.0 credits]

Wednesdays, 5-7:30pm, BUCH B 307

The first session will be held on Wednesday, September 13th.

Coordinator: Dr. Harjot Oberoi

Proseminar introducing major methodological and conceptual themes in the contemporary study of Asia, modern and pre-modern. Required of all Asian Studies PhD students, normally in their first year.

ASIA 598 – Asia and the Museological Imagination [ 3.0 credits]

Instructor: TBA

Credit will be granted for only one of ASIA 498 OR ASIA 598

Not offered in 2017-2018 academic year