VLPA and W-courses on Asian Lit & Culture – Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Courses in Asian Literature & Culture

All for VLPA and optional W- credit, (or I&S for ASIAN 206 only)


ASIAN 206 Literature & Culture of South Asia from Tradition to Modernity (5) VLPA/I&S, optional W-credit

Jennifer Dubrow <jdubrow@uw.edu> Counts toward S Asian major or minor, but non-majors are welcome.

Spring 2014, TTh 1:30-3:20, F 1:30-2:30, or 2:30-2:20;  SLN 10550, 10551, 10552

Introduction to medieval and modern South Asian literature in its cultural context. This course introduces the modern literature of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh) from the fifteenth century to the present. We will read a selection of short stories, novels, and poetry drawn from the diverse literary traditions of the region. Major readings include The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, Umrao Jan Ada, a novel about a 19th-century courtesan, by Mirza Ruswa, short stories by Sadat Hasan Manto and Premchand, and bhakti and ghazal poetry. No prior knowledge is assumed, and all works will be read in English translation.


ASIAN 498A The Family in Korean Literature and Film (5) VLPA, optional W-credit

Bonnie Tilland <tillandb@uw.edu> Counts toward Korean major or minor, but non-majors are welcome.

Spring 2014, MW 1:30-3:20; SLN 10553

This course explores representations of the family in modern South Korean literature and film.  Focus is on contemporary Korean literature and film (the past few decades), but earlier works addressing family life in the Japanese colonial period, Korean War and immediate post-war period, and industrialization of the 1960s-1980s will also be discussed.  We will read both short stories and novels, and view shorts as well as feature-length films.  Readings include novels and stories by Pak Wonso, O Chonghui, Kim Young-ha, Kim Aeran, and Shin Kyung-sook; film directors include Bong Joon-ho and Kim Tae-yong.  In addition to reading academic literary analysis, we will put these fictional works in context by reading across disciplines to learn about changes in family values and expectations, demographics, family law, and institutions and social space.  All texts will be read in English translations (and the films shown with English sub-titles); no knowledge of Korean is required.

There are no formal prerequisites for this course, though prior coursework in Asian Studies, literature and/or film will be helpful.  This is a discussion-intensive course, with a substantial reading and writing expectation.  Optional writing credit.


ASIAN 498B Introduction to Indian Philosophical Literature (5) VLPA, optional W-credit

Prem Pahlajrai <prem@uw.edu> Counts toward S Asian major or minor, but non-majors are welcome.

Spring 2014, MW 1:30-3:20; SLN 10554

•             What is the meaning of life?

•             What is enlightenment, and how does one achieve it?

•             How and when did Indian Philosophy begin?

•             What are the Vedas and the Upanishads concerned with?

•             What is Yoga really about?

This course will discuss these questions and more, in the context of Hindu Indian Philosophy, through a close reading of select excerpts from the Vedas, the principal Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita.

All texts will be read in English translations, no knowledge of Sanskrit or other Indian languages is required.  For more information: visit http://tiny.cc/Asian498B


CHIN 374 Chinese Prose (5) VLPA, optional W-credit

Ian Chapman <ichapman@uw.edu> Counts toward Chinese major or minor, but non-majors are welcome.

Spring 2014, M-F 10:30-11:20; SLN 12196

Survey of great works of Chinese prose, including philosophical writings, historical works, short narratives, essays, and rhyme-prose. All readings in English. No knowledge of Chinese required.


CHIN 463 History of Chinese Literature (5) VLPA, optional W-credit

Chris Hamm <jcsong@uw.edu> Counts toward Chinese major or minor, but non-majors are welcome.

Spring 2014, M-F 9:30-10:20; SLN 12198

Chinese literature from the Yuan to recent times.

C463, the third term in a year – long chronological survey of Chinese literature in translation, traces the rise of vernacular literature from the Yuan dynasty through the 20th century. Students will be introduced to major genres, works, and authors in their historical and cultural context, and will read a variety of representative works in English translation.

There are no prerequisites for the class. The earlier courses in the sequence (C461-462), or other university-level courses in Chinese history or literature, are recommended but not required.

All lectures, readings, and discussion will be in English.  Students will be required to master romanized Chinese names and terminology.

The class meets daily in a lecture-discussion format.  Students will be expected to read an average of 150-200 pages a week, actively participate in discussion, write short response papers, and take two midterms and a final.


JAPAN 360 Kyogen:  Medieval Japanese Comic Play (5) VLPA, optional W-credit

Kaori Igarashi <igarashi@uw.edu> Counts toward Japanese major or minor, but non-majors are welcome.

Spring 2014 TTh 130;-SLN 15374

This course introduces kyōgen, a medieval Japanese comic play, which was developed from the mid-14th century along with the nō play.  Because of the nature of comedy, many themes of kyōgen were taken from everyday life, such as money, food, gender, and power.

Students will explore these themes as well as other literary aspects of the genre through close reading, discussion, and writing.  No knowledge of Japanese required.  Requirements include regular participation, short response papers and a term paper.


Asian Language Classes for VLPA credit:  Note that first-year Asian language classes can count for VLPA credit if they are not being used to fulfill the one-year foreign language requirement, and if a few other criteria are met (contact Abby Petty or Sun-Mi Kim asianadv@uw.edu for details). Second-, third-, and fourth-year Asian language classes also count as VLPA.

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