Units of Study

Asian Studies Electives
As well as the units listed below, taught by the Asian Studies program, you can find Asian Studies electives on offer in the current year, taught by other departments and programs, in the Asian Studies Unit of Study Table in the FASS Undergraduate Handbook.

ASNS2677 - Beyond the Geisha/Samurai Binary

Semester 2, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Rebecca Suter


Foreign perceptions of Japan cluster around two stereotypes: feminized images of elegance and submissiveness, epitomized by geisha, and hypermasculine images of violence, exemplified by samurai. A long tradition of gender subversion, cross-dressing, and androgyny in Japanese culture speaks for a more nuanced vision of masculinity and femininity. Throughout the unit, we will examine the formation and subversion of gender roles as they emerge in a variety of classical and contemporary Japanese fiction and nonfiction genres.


participation (10%), 3x500wd in-class quizzes (30%), 1x1000wd response paper (25%), 1x2000wd research paper (35%)


The Changelings (Torikaebaya Monogatari), trans. Rosette F. Willig. Stanford University Press, 1983
Laurence R. Kominz. The Stars Who Created Kabuki: Their Lives, Loves and Legacy. Tokyo, Kodansha International, 1997
Robertson, Jennifer. Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan. Berkeley, Los Angeles and London, University of California Press, 1998
McLelland, Mark, ed. Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Japan. London and New York, Routledge, 2005
Russell, Catherine. The Cinema of Naruse Mikio: Women and Japanese Modernity. Duke University Press, 2008
Matt Thorn, ed. Four Shojo Stories: Stories and Art by Keiko Nishi, Moto Hagio, and Shio Sato. San Francisco, Viz Communications, 1996


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


12 credit points from junior level Asian Studies, or other subject areas listed in Table A in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.


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