Beyond the Geisha/Samurai Binary (ASNS2677)

UNIT OF STUDY

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.

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Classes

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

Assessment

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

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 junior credit points from Asian Studies

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