Course Details

Course offered Summer 2008

H A&S 262 A: Self and Other: Alterity and Japanese Literature, Film, Anime

H A&S 262 A: Self and Other: Alterity and Japanese Literature, Film, Anime

SLN 13704 (View UW registration info »)

Edward (Ted) Mack (Asian Languages and Literature)
Phone: 206-543-4356
Email: tmack@uw.edu

Credits: 5

Honors Credit Type

The website for this course is available at:
http://faculty.washington.edu/tmack/0708/as262.html

This course will explore the concept of alterity, or “otherness,” with a particular focus on the phenomenon known as Orientalism, a term coined by Edward Said in his 1978 monograph of the same name. Through a combination of theoretical texts, short stories, live-action films, and animated films from Japan, we will examine the way concepts of “self” and “other” affect the way people (ourselves included) interpret difference, manage desire, and understand the world. This will include not only the ways in which these Japanese cultural products are consumed in “the West,” but also the ways in which difference is negotiated within the works themselves.

Reading will include theoretical works by Hegel, Nietzsche, Edward Said, Slavoj Zizek, and Rey Chow; literary texts by Tanizaki Jun’ichirô, Murakami Haruki, Kawabata Yasunari, and Mishima Yukio; live-action films by Kurosawa Akira and Ôzu Yasujirô; and animated films by Miyazaki Hayao and Oshii Mamoru.