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Passion and Poetics in Early Japan

Semester and Year FA 2011
Course Number IDSEM-UG1351
Section 001
Instructor Nina Cornyetz
Days Tue,Thu
Time 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement HUM, PREMOD, EARLY, GLOBAL


It can be argued that until the 1880s one thing was absent in Japanese literary and performing arts: the notion of an interiorized subject. In fact, the premodern 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 premodern Japanese poetics and prose, performing and visual arts, from the very first writings through the nineteenth century, in relation to history and religious and philosophic belief systems such as Buddhism, Shintoism and Confucianism. Texts will include: selections of poetry, emaki (picture scrolls), noh and puppet plays, selections from The Tale of Genji, The Pillow Book, Essays in Idleness .



Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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