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Passion and Poetics in Early Japan

Semester and Year FA 2015
Course Number IDSEM-UG1351
Section 001
Instructor Nina Cornyetz
Days TR
Time 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U



It can be argued that until the 1880s one thing was almost entirely absent in Japanese literary and performing arts: the notion of an interiorized subject. In fact, the ancient Japanese arts are examples of extreme "exteriority" that privilege form, word play and intertextuality and enfold the human being and human erotic passions within rituals for purity and harmony with a cosmology of the heavens. This course will explore ancient and premodern Japanese poetics and prose, performing and visual arts, from the very first writings through the nineteenth century, in relation to sociocultural history and belief systems such as Buddhism and Shintoism. Texts will include: selections of poetry,  emaki  (picture scrolls), noh and puppet plays, selections from  The Tale of Genji ,  The Pillow Book , and the earliest forms of manga.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)