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Year 2017  School Center for International Education
Course Title
Summer Session (Literature and Art III) 01

Instructor STRIPPOLI, Roberta
Term/Day/Period summer quarter  othersothers
Category Global Studies Eligible Year 1st year and above Credits 2
Classroom 実施場所未定 Campus waseda
Course Key 9800005021 Course Class Code 01
Main Language English
  Course Code CMFE154L
First Academic disciplines Composite Fields Studies
Second Academic disciplines Expression
Third Academic disciplines Literature
Level Beginner, initial or introductory Types of lesson Lecture
  Open Courses

Syllabus Information

Latest Update:2017/01/20 14:55:06

Subtitle Fictions of the Samurai
Course Outline The samurai is one of the most appealing images of Japanese culture, both in and outside of Japan. It stirred the imagination of storytellers, philosophers, soldiers, and, more recently, filmmakers and manga and anime artists. Through the study of warrior-related literature and theater, “Fictions of the Samurai” examines the process through which this image has been constructed, received, and changed over the centuries. The course provides a chance to get acquainted with Japanese culture and intellectual history, to read military tales and other narratives in translation, to explore works of visual and performing arts such as noh and kabuki theater.
Objectives Understanding the complexity of a transcultural icon that is mostly represented by the media as flat and unchanging.
Course Schedule
Samurai as myth, samurai as history. Introduction to the course.
The emergence of the samurai
The Way of the Bow and Arrow. The Japanese Warrior in Konjaku monogatari. Ikegami, The Taming of the Samurai, Chapter 2.
The Genpei War and the Tale of the Heike -- Part I
Read the sections on pages: 1-27, 51-100, 122-147.
The Genpei War and the Tale of the Heike -- Part II
Varley, Warriors as Courtiers: The Taira in Heike monogatari. Section of “Hoichi the Earless” from the film Kwaidan (Kobayashi 1964).
Medieval representations of heroes from The Tale of the Heike
Intro to noh theater. Noh plays: Atsumori, Ataka. The story of Yoshitsune and Benkei.
Samurai in medieval Japan
Weapons, battle strategies. Impressions by the European missionaries.Tomoe the woman warrior.
The culture of Tokugawa Japan
Tales of Samurai Honor: Saikaku’s Buke Giri Monogatari. Selections from Saikaku, The Great Mirror of Male Love.
The culture of Tokugawa Japan -- Film
Fim: Twilight Samurai
The idealization of the samurai -- Part I
Selections from Miyamoto Musashi: Gorin no sho (Book of Five Elements), Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure, The book of the Samurai.
The idealization of the samurai -- Part II
“The Codes for the military and the nobility by Tokugawa Ieyasu, "The Village School” scene from the play Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy
Samurai and the Meiji restoration
The Invention of Martial Arts. The Ninja: An Invented Tradition?
From the Meiji Era to World War II
Selections from Bushidō: The Soul of Japan.
Western representations and appropriations of the samurai myth: issues in Orientalism
Orientalism and the study of Japan
Western representations and appropriations of the samurai myth: issues in Orientalism -- Film
Film: The Last Samurai
Samurai in contemporary Japanese culture: group presentations
Textbooks Readings will be made available electronically at the beginning of the course
Rate Evaluation Criteria
Exam: 50% Two in-classroom tests. Students are allowed to bring your notes, but not copies of the readings.
Class Participation: 30% Regular class attendance, with careful preparation and thoughtful participation in class discussion.
Others: 20% Group presentation:
Students will research and present on a topic concerning the samurai image in contemporary Japan
Note / URL Main Language: English

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