Chair: Professor Kathryn W. Sparling
Professors: Mark Hansell, Mariko Kaga, Kathryn W. Sparling, Qiguang Zhao
Associate Professor: Noboru Tomonari
Assistant Professor: Hong Zeng
Visiting Instructor: Yuedong (Faye) Merritt
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Chair: Professor Kathryn W. Sparling
Professors: Mark Hansell, Mariko Kaga, Kathryn W. Sparling, Qiguang Zhao
Associate Professor: Noboru Tomonari
Assistant Professor: Hong Zeng
Visiting Instructor: Yuedong (Faye) Merritt
The department of Asian Languages and Literatures
offers introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in Chinese and
Japanese language, plus a variety of courses in traditional and modern
Chinese and Japanese literature in English translation and some
linguistics courses related to Asian Languages. Accommodation can be
made for students who can speak, but cannot read or write the
languages. At the intermediate level, students are encouraged to
participate in one of several approved academic programs in China or
Japan. A major in Chinese or Japanese is available by petition.
Certificate of Advanced Study in Foreign Language and Literature or Area Studies: In order to receive the Certificate of Advanced Study in Asian Languages students must fulfill the general requirements (refer to Academic Regulations) in the following course distribution: six courses beyond 204, excluding Chinese 310, choosing either Japanese or Chinese as the target language. At least four of the six courses must be taught in the target language; at least one must be a course in literature or linguistics related to the target language and conducted in English, and the remaining course may be chosen from either category. Although courses for the certificate may be taken on a S/CR/NC basis, "D" or "CR" level work will not be sufficient to satisfy course requirements.
Language Houses: Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language by living in the Language House. The Associate is a native speaker, and students organize and participate in numerous cultural activities in the language houses.
ASLN 111. Writing Systems The structure and function of writing systems, with emphasis on a comparison of East Asian writing systems (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) to Western alphabetic systems. Topics covered include classification of writing systems, historical development, diffusion and borrowing of writing systems, and comparison with non-writing symbol systems. 6 cr., SS; SI, Not offered in 2011-2012.
ASLN 237. Tao of Wisdom in Asian Literature We will enter the poetic and philosophical world formed by Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, Gibran's Prophet, Tagore's Stray Birds, and other masterpieces by Asian as well as some Western thinkers in the same spiritual world. These writers have found a common way by which liberty, health, and joy may be shaped through words and images. Together we will find the beauty hidden in the mysteries of nature and the wisdom in daily life. We will also do some mental practices, such as Taichi and meditation, to appreciate the hidden beauty and to improve our wisdom. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, Not offered in 2011-2012.
ASLN 260. Historical Linguistics Concepts and techniques of historical linguistics, especially methods used in the discovery of family relationships between languages and the reconstruction of ancestral forms. Other topics include grammatical, semantic, and lexical change, processes of sound change, language contact, and the use of linguistic evidence in cultural reconstruction. In addition to the more familiar Indo-European languages, data will come from Western Pacific and Australian languages, and especially East Asian languages. Prerequisite: previous experience in linguistics or instructor's permission. 6 cr., SS; SI, WinterM. Hansell
CHIN 101, 102, 103. Elementary Chinese Introduction to Chinese sentence structure and writing system, together with the development of basic aural/oral skills, with attention to the cultural context. Students who have learned spoken Mandarin Chinese at home or in another context, but who are unable to read or write, are encouraged to consult the department about the possibility of an independent study in Chinese Literacy given fall term. This six credit independent study will cover all the Chinese characters introduced in Chinese 101-204. Successful completion will allow the student to register for Chinese 205 winter term. 6 cr., ND; NE, Fall,Winter,SpringM. Hansell, Staff
CHIN 115. The Taoist Way of Health and Longevity: Taichi and Other Forms We will study Taichi's theory, practice its movements, explore its invisible thoughts, and read texts concerning it. The course also includes other ways to health and longevity, such as traditional mind-breath meditation and other forms. This course stresses not only mental and physical well-being but also the philosophical roots of health and wisdom formulated in Chinese classics. All readings in English translation. No prerequisites. 6 cr., S/CR/NC, AL, RAD; LA, SpringQ. Zhao
CHIN 204, 205. Intermediate Chinese Equal emphasis on the development of the four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension, with special attention to activization. The college language requirement is met in Chinese with the completion of Chinese 205. 6 cr., ND; NE, Fall,WinterH. Zeng, Q. Zhao
CHIN 206. Chinese in Cultural Context This course advances students' proficiency in oral and written Chinese, at the same time integrating elements of traditional Chinese civilization and modern Chinese society. Emphasis is on cultural understanding and appropriate language use. Prerequisite: Chinese 205 or the equivalent. 6 cr., ND; NE, SpringQ. Zhao
CHIN 207. Chinese Studies Seminar in Tianjin: Chinese Language This course builds oral and written proficiency, emphasizing expressive ability, accuracy of grammar, and pronunciation. Students learn to read, write, and speak Chinese inside and outside of the classroom. Prerequisite: Chinese 103 or the equivalent. 9 cr., ND; NE, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 212. Chinese Studies Seminar in Tianjin: Chinese Culture Local masters will teach Chinese calligraphy, art, Peking opera, Taichi, and/or other martial arts to students, immersing them in the Chinese artistic and spiritual world. 3 cr., S/CR/NC, AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 235. Beauty, Good, and Evil in Chinese Literature in Translation This course will focus on the themes of beauty, good, and evil in some well-known Tang and Song poems and tales, and modern short fiction by Lu Xun, Lao She, and other writers. The course will explore both modern and classical Chinese in its cultural and historical context. All readings in English translation. No prerequisites. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 240. Chinese Cinema This course selects around twenty Chinese films from 1920s to today, including masterpieces produced by mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwanese, and overseas Chinese film directors. Films are studied in terms of the innovation of film techniques, relationship to literature, MTV, documentary, painting, world cinema, and historical and cultural background. The studentsâ€™ final reports on an individual film will include another 10-20 films for examination. Film clips will be put on Moodle with specific questions to elicit detailed study of film language. In English translation. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 241. Twentieth Century Chinese Literature and Film in Translation The course examines the literary legacy of May 4th writers, such as Lu Xun, Sheng Congwen, Ding Ling, and their impact on contemporary writers, especially on writers creating after the June 4th event. Themes include: cultural cannibalism, imaginary nostalgia, female subjectivity, and historical/dehistoricized violence. Chinese films (from the first to the sixth generation) were selected to match the thematic concerns of the literature. In English translation. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 248. The Structure of Chinese This course uses linguistic methodology to examine the structure of Modern Standard Chinese. Its purpose is to give students a greater insight into the systems and logic at the heart of the Chinese language, both to help them better appreciate the beauty and elegance of language structure, and to help them more effectively learn the language. Topics covered will include the sound system, word formation, syntax, and semantics. No prior experience with linguistics is necessary, but students should have studied at least a year of Chinese or its equivalent. Readings and discussion will be in English. Prerequisite: Chinese 103 or equivalent. 6 cr., SS; SI, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 282. Chinese Studies Seminar in Tianjin: Chinese Civilization This lecture course includes a general introduction to Chinese literature, history, geography, and society. It examines the social, ideological, and literary basis of Chinese civilization and society. The course will be conducted in English accompanied by some Chinese vocabulary with its English translation. 6 cr., AL, RAD; HI, IS, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 307. Chinese Studies Seminar in Tianjin: Advanced Chinese Language This course builds oral and written proficiency, emphasizing expressive ability, accuracy of grammar, and pronunciation. Students learn to read, write, and speak Chinese inside and outside of the classroom. 9 cr., ND; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 310. Chinese Maintenance This course gives students at the 300 level a chance to continue to practice their reading, speaking, and listening skills when a 300-level course is not available. Class will meet once a week to discuss readings, and students will have conversation practice opportunities with tutors. Does not count toward major or certificate. Prerequisite: Chinese 206 or equivalent. 2 cr., S/CR/NC, ND; NE, WinterH. Zeng
CHIN 347. Advanced Readings in Contemporary Chinese Prose: Newspapers Readings from PRC and Taiwan newspapers will expose students to formal written Chinese. Emphasis is on vocabulary expansion, text comprehension strategies, and differences between colloquial and written usage. Active use of the language (including oral discussion and regular written compositions) will be stressed. Prerequisite: Chinese 206 or the equivalent. 6 cr., AL; NE, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 348. Advanced Chinese: The Mass Media This conversation and composition course will be centered around a Chinese feature film, with additional materials including TV shows, TV commercials, and written materials. Emphasis will be on culturally appropriate language use, and on discussion of the social issues that are implicitly and explicitly addressed on the Chinese-language media. 6 cr., AL; NE, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 349. Advanced Chinese: Social Commentary This course will focus on increasing students' ability to read, write, and speak about contemporary social issues through readings, essay writing, oral presentations, and class discussion. Readings will be from leading twentieth century Chinese reformers and social critics. 6 cr., AL; HI, FallM. Hansell
CHIN 350. Advanced Chinese: Poems and Stories Introduction to traditional and modern Chinese poems and short stories. The most beautiful poems ever written by the Chinese language help students to experience beauty, inspiration, and emotional purification. Selected stories read and discussed in detail will advance students' proficiency in oral and written Chinese. 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 355. Contemporary Chinese Short Stories and Films An advanced Chinese language course that will introduce contemporary short stories and films in the orginal language. The selected stories represent the writing styles of some well-known contemporary Chinese writers such as Yu Hua, Su Tong, Wang Meng, Liang Sizosheng, and Wang Anyi. The selected films were mainly directed by the acclaimed fifth generation film directors such as Cheng Kaige and Zhang Yimou. The historical, cultural and literary forces that shape these creations will be examined. 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 356. Modern and Contemporary Women Writers The course materials encompass the extremely diverse beauty of prose works and poetry by representative modern and contemporary Chinese women writers, including Zhang Ailing, Ding Ling, Xiao Hong, Shu Ting, Huo Yongming, Yi Lei, Wang Anyi, Li Ang, Can Xue, Lin Bai, Chen Ran, and Hai Nan. Historical condition, female subjectivity and modes of expression, literary heritage and innovation are examined. This is an advanced language course and includes films concerned with female lives. Prerequisite: Chinese 206 or equivalent. 6 cr., AL; LA, SpringH. Zeng
CHIN 357. Advanced Chinese: Contemporary Social Issues This is an advanced Chinese language course, employing multimedia materials (texts and documentary movie) on the most debated social issues of contemporary China: self-owned enterprises, single child policy, the education of children, status of modern women, economic and political reform. Debate, discussion and composition will provide ample opportunity for improving spoken and written Chinese. Cultural materials will bring students immediate contact with the contemporary China scene, and the ways in which people speak in real life in China today. Prerequisite: Chinese 206 or equivalent. 6 cr., AL; HI, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 358. Chinese Idiom Stories This advanced language course uses Chinese "idiom stories" as materials. These idioms, coming from ancient Chinese historical and philosophical books, not only crystalize Chinese wisdom and schools of thought, but are also a lively part of daily language of today. Being able to use them correctly will enliven your daily speech with humor, refinement and cultivation, and demonstrate the fact of your familiarity with Chinese culture. Includes dramatic staging of these stories and illustrations of their usage in daily life. Prerequisite: Chinese 206 or equivalent. 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
CHIN 360. Classical Chinese Classical Chinese dominated traditional Chinese culture with its concise grammar, powerful rhetoric, and graceful rhythm. It represents the dignity and glory of an enduring civilization of 5,000 years. Far from being dead, Classical Chinese is frequently referred to and quoted in modern Chinese texts. We will read the elegant essays, wise fables and charming poems written by Confucian masters, Taoist philosophers, and traditional poets. The class will pay attention to the modern application of classical Chinese. We will proceed slowly and thoroughly, immersing ourselves in words that are stronger than swords. Prerequisite: Chinese 206 or equivalent. 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
JAPN 101, 102, 103. Elementary Japanese Introduction to the Japanese sentence structure and writing system, together with the development of basic aural/oral skills, with attention to cultural context. 6 cr., ND; NE, Fall,Winter,SpringM. Kaga, K. Sparling
JAPN 204, 205, 206. Intermediate Japanese Emphasis is on the development of reading skills, especially the mastery of kanji, with some work on spoken Japanese through the use of audiovisual materials. The college language requirement is met in Japanese with the completion of Japanese 205. Japanese 206 focuses on polishing and refining basic survival skills in Japanese. 6 cr., ND; NE, Fall,Winter,SpringK. Sparling, N. Tomonari
JAPN 230. Topics in Pre-Modern Literature in Translation A topical focus on Japanese poetry and prose from different ages before 1868, with attention to literary, aesthetic, and cultural tradition, and to the relationship between text and society. Consideration of reading strategies appropriate to Japanese literature in translation, and some inquiry into the art and the process of literary translation. 6 cr., AL; LA, WinterN. Tomonari
JAPN 231. Japanese Cinema in Translation This course examines the extraordinary achievement of Japanese cinema, from the classic films of Mizoguchi, Ozu, and Kurosawa to the pop cinema of Kitano and the phenomenon of anime. The films will be studied for their aesthetic, cultural, and auteur contexts. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship of the film to traditional arts, culture and society. This course is conducted in English and all the course materials are in English translation or in English subtitles. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, SpringN. Tomonari
JAPN 232. Autobiography in Modern Japan in Translation This course examines a variety of Japanese self-narratives from the early modern years to the present. The main texts include Japanese autobiographies as well as background readings that situate the autobiographies in the cultural milieu. We focus largely on the social, historical and economic aspects of the Japanese autobiographies, and discuss their significance. In addition, some texts of oral history that take the form of first-person narratives are explored, in order to make further enquiry into various autobiographical representations of the self, class, gender, ethnicity, and society in Japan. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
JAPN 234. Modern Japanese Novel in Translation: Mothers/Daughters; Fathers/Sons Critical analysis of twentieth-century Japanese novels by Natsume Soseki, Tanizaki Junichiro, Kawabata Yasunari, Enchi Fumiko, Oe Kenzaburo, Tsushima Yuko and others, with special attention to the social and cultural context, and to reading strategies appropriate to that context. Most of the readings are from the 1960's or later, several of them are absolutely contemporary. All of them have to do with questions of identity, tradition, and generational change: what one might hope to pass on to one's real or metaphorical children, what one might hope to learn from one's real or metaphorical parents. 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
JAPN 235. Contemporary Japanese Women in Translation: Bad Girls Close readings of novels, short stories, and poetry by prominent modern and contemporary Japanese women such as Enchi Fumiko, Kono Taeko, Yamada Eimi, and Ito Hiromi, looking at how women suffer, challenge, violate, and change social norms and standards. Course conducted in English. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, SpringK. Sparling
JAPN 236. Classical Japanese Fiction: The Tale of Genji and Its World in Translation A close look at the great classic of Japanese fiction, with special attention to literary and aesthetic traditions and to the social and cultural context of Heian Japan. 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
JAPN 237. Literature and Arts of Japan: 1333-1868 in Translation Introduction to the poetry, drama, and fiction of two contrasting eras. From the Muromachi culture, centering on Kyoto and permeated by the aesthetics of Zen Buddhism, the course will examine Noh drama, linked poetry, ink painting, tea ceremony, and garden architecture; from the vibrant, irreverent, urban culture of Edo, centering on Osaka and what is now Tokyo, it will focus on the kabuki and puppet theaters, haiku, comic fiction, and the woodblock prints of the Floating World. 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
JAPN 240. Literature and Society of Modern Japan in Translation In this course we will look at some canonical works of modern Japanese literature in translation such as those by Soseki, Tanizaki, and Mishima. Their works will be read in the context of Japanese modernity and the construction of the Japanese subject. The representation of society in literature will be discussed as well as the role of literature in society. We will also read contemporary works by Nakagami, Murakami, Yoshimura, and some authors writing in Okinawa in order to explore the intricate relationship between literary practice and modern Japanese society. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, Not offered in 2011-2012.
JAPN 242. Japanese Poetry in Translation A topical survey of Japanese poetry in English translation, beginning with earliest written history (sixth century anonymous song), ending with blank verse from the present moment, including longer poetic forms from the Manyoshu, waka in the classical tradition, linked verse, comic senryu, haiku, and sonnets and other poetry from Western traditions. Consideration will be given to the literary, aesthetic, and social contexts of Japanese poetry. We will undertake exploration and analysis of individual poems by reference to the original Japanese and to multiple translations. Special attention will be given to the practice of composition and the process of translation. 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
JAPN 243. The Other in Modern Japanese Literature and Society in Translation This course is a study of major works of fiction, non-fiction, and cinema from 1906 to the present. We will trace the representations of minority characters in Japanese literature and cinema and also explore the rich diversity of minority voices in the field. Authors include Shimazaki Toson, Sumii Sue, Yu Miri, and the film directors include Sai Yoichi and Hashiguchi Ryosuke. The texts are all in English and films are shown with English subtitles. 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
JAPN 343. Advanced Japanese Through Fiction and Film In this course we will subtitle in English language a recent Japanese film and also read the novel on which the film is based. The aims of this course are to understand Japanese spoken at a natural speed, to improve the reading skills of Japanese texts, and to comprehend some aspects of contemporary Japan. The students are expected to participate actively in the discussion of film/novel and of subtitles. Prerequisite: Japanese 206 or the equivalent. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, WinterN. Tomonari
JAPN 344. Advanced Writing: Contemporary Prose In this class, students will learn the contemporary styles and forms of casual and formal writing, reports, short essays, etc., while they expand their knowledge of Chinese characters and idiomatic expressions. They will explore various writings with authentic materials. Prerequisite: Japanese 206 or the equivalent. 6 cr., AL; NE, FallM. Kaga
JAPN 345. Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese Literature: The Short Story Introduction to modern Japanese short fiction in the original, with exposure to a variety of styles. Some practice in critical analysis and literary translation. Prerequisite: Japanese 206 or the equivalent. 6 cr., AL; LA, SpringK. Sparling
JAPN 346. Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese Literature: Poetry and Drama Introduction to the poetry of Takamura Kotaro, Hagiwara Sakutaro, Miyazawa Kenji, and others, plus one contemporary one-act play, to be read and performed; some consideration of the conventions of both genres. Discussion in Japanese. Prerequisite: Japanese 206 or the equivalent. 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
JAPN 347. Advanced Reading in Contemporary Japanese Prose: Newspapers Introduction to journalistic prose styles, with attention to vocabulary and syntax peculiar to newspapers. Discussion in Japanese. Prerequisite: Japanese 206 or the equivalent. 6 cr., AL; NE, Not offered in 2011-2012.
JAPN 348. Advanced Japanese Conversation and Composition Listening and speaking practice with emphasis on situational context and some attention to aspects of contemporary Japanese culture, using audiovisual materials. Prerequisite: Japanese 206 or the equivalent. 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
JAPN 349. Advanced Readings in Contemporary Japanese Prose Reading and discussion of advanced Japanese materials. Exercise in speaking the language and in writing compositions. Prerequisite: Japanese 206 or the equivalent 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.
JAPN 351. Advanced Japanese through Documentary Film In this course we will subtitle in English a Japanese documentary film and also read the script and/or other related materials. The course aims to improve understanding of spoken Japanese at a natural pace, to improve the skill in reading of Japanese texts, and to comprehend some aspects of contemporary Japan. Students are expected to participate actively in the discussion of the film and the subtitles. Prerequisite: Japanese 206 or equivalent. 6 cr., AL; NE, Not offered in 2011-2012.
JAPN 352. Advanced Japanese through Manga and Contemporary Materials Reading and discussion of advanced Japanese materials that include classical and recent manga. The materials are to be determined by both the instructor and the students. Prerequisite: Japanese 206 or the equivalent. 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.