Units of Study

ASNS2677 - Beyond the Geisha/Samurai Binary

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Rebecca Suter
Phone: +61 2 9351 6766
Email: rebecca.suter@sydney.edu.au

Description

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.

Assessments

tutorial participation (10%), 3x 500wd in-class quizzes (30%), 1x 1000wd response paper (25%), 1x 2000wd research paper (35%)

Classes

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

Prerequisites

12 junior credit points from Asian Studies

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  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm

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 Friday

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