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November 22, 2022

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This course covers medieval Japanese society and culture from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries, when political power rested largely in the hands of feudal warriors.

Topics include religion (especially Zen Buddhism); changing concepts of “the way of the warrior;” women under feudalism; popular culture; and protest and rebellion. Presentations include weekly feature films. Assigned readings include many literary writings in translation.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction Unlimited
    • Historical/Geographical Overview Unlimited
    • Emergence of the Warrior Ethos Unlimited
    • Zen Unlimited
    • Zen and the Samurai Unlimited
    • Bushidô Unlimited
    • The Forty-Seven Ronin Unlimited
    • Medieval Aesthetics (cont.) Unlimited
    • Zen and the Tea Ceremony Unlimited
    • Christianity Unlimited
    • Tokugawa Urban Life Unlimited
    • Saikaku Unlimited
    • Chikamatsu Unlimited
    • Ecstasy and Self Destruction Unlimited
    • Women under Feudalism Unlimited
    • Saikaku’s Amorous Woman/Mizoguchi’s Tragic Heroine Unlimited
    • Repression and Protest in History and Film Unlimited
    • Rebellions Unlimited
    • Failed Samurai Unlimited
    • Failed Samurai (cont.) Unlimited
    • Conclusion; Review for Final Unlimited

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