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Class code A2703
Year 2021
Faculty/Graduate school Faculty of Letters
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Class Type
Term 春学期
Credit(s) 2
Day/Period 金曜2限
Campus 市ヶ谷
Day or Night
Open Program
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Class taught by instructors with practical experience

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Outline and objectives

This class deals with Japan and its relations with the other nations of the world, focussing on the 19th and early 20th century. Introductory lectures deal with the issues of global cultural spheres, and Japan's relations with China and Europe (Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands) in earlier centuries. We then examine accounts of 19th-century Japan written by such figures as Alcock, Aston, Satow, Chamberlain and Hearn. Students give presentations (3 sessions in total) on books written in English by Japanese men of the time: Uchimura Kanzô's Representative Men of Japan (1908), Nitobe Inazô's Bushido: The Soul of Japan (1900), and Okakura Tenshin's The Book of Tea (1906), in an effort to determine what it was about Japan that these men wanted to present to the world. Other lectures deal with the influence of Japanese art and music on 19th-century and early 20th-century Europe, and Europe's discovery of Japanese classical literature. The class uses many sources written in English; existing Japanese translations are provided, and often commented on, by the instructor.

Default language used in class

日本語 / Japanese