Values in Comparative Culture

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Omura Azusa 
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Outline of lecture

This course offers a comparative study on modern Japanese culture (from the Meiji Restoration to the Second World War) from various perspectives, particularly focusing on the influence of Western culture. Students are required to attend all classes and submit two essays in English. All texts are read and discussion is conducted in English.

Purpose of lecture

The chief objective of the course is to consider the relationship between Japanese culture and Western culture. By examining descriptions of Western culture in Japanese literature, students will discover how the Japanese have perceived and transformed Western culture into their own culture through modernization.
Another objective is to explore how Western people have observed Japan and the difference between images of 窶traditional Japan窶 and 窶藁odern Japan窶 in modern Western literature. The study of Western people窶冱 attitudes toward 窶藁odern Japan窶 will help students to understand present-day Japan as a part of the international society.
This course will encourage students to understand Japanese culture in a comparative way.

Plan of lecture

Class 1 General Introduction to the Course
Class 2 The Background of Modern Japan
Class 3 The Image of 窶狼raditional Japan窶 in the West
Class 4 Western Culture in Modern Japanese literature
Class 5 The Translation of Western Literature 1: Background
Class 6 The Translation of Western Literature 2: Horiguchi Daigaku
Class 7 The Experience of Western Culture 1: Background
Class 8 The Experience of Western Culture 2: Takamura Kナ衡arナ
Class 9 The Experience of Western Culture 3: Nagai Kafナォ
Class 10 Images of 窶弄odern Japan窶 1: Background
Class 11 Images of 窶弄odern Japan窶 2: Paul Morand
Class 12 East and West during World War II 1: Background
Class 13 East and West during World War II 2: Murano Shirナ
Class 14 East and West during World War II 3: Yokomitsu Riichi
Class 15 Summary

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The course evaluation is based on attendance, participation in discussion and two essays. Students are required to submit two essays discussing topics that will be given later.

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