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Values in Comparative Culture
( Omura Azusa  )

Fri 3-4Session W9-203

Credits  Lecture:2  Exercise:0  Experiment:0 / code:66065
Update syllabus:2012/11/20
Update lecture notes : 2013/1/23
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Fall Semester

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 ‘traditional Japan’ and ‘modern Japan’ in modern Western literature. The study of Western people’s attitudes toward ‘modern Japan’ 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 ‘Traditional Japan’ 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 Kōtarō
Class 9 The Experience of Western Culture 3: Nagai Kafū
Class 10 Images of ‘Modern Japan’ 1: Background
Class 11 Images of ‘Modern Japan’ 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 Shirō
Class 14 East and West during World War II 3: Yokomitsu Riichi
Class 15 Summary
Textbook and reference
Related and/or prerequisite courses
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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