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COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
ASIAN LANGUAGES & LITERATURE

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ASIAN 200 Introduction to Asian Languages and Literature (5) VLPA Shapiro
Introduces approaches to the study of Asian languages and literature. Topics include theoretical, applied, historical, and comparative linguistics; literary and cultural study; philosophy; languages, and writing systems of Asia; and indigenous Asian approaches to the study of language and literature. Offered: Sp.
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ASIAN 201 Literature and Culture of China: Ancient and Classical (5) VLPA/I&S
Introduction to ancient and classical Chinese literature in its cultural context. Texts in English translation.
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ASIAN 202 Literature and Culture of Japan: Traditional Japan (5) VLPA/I&S
Introduction to traditional Japanese literature in its cultural context. Texts in English translation.
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ASIAN 203 Literature and Culture of Ancient and Classical India (5) VLPA/I&S
Introduction to ancient and classical Indian literature in its cultural context. Texts in English translation.
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ASIAN 204 Literature and Culture of China from Tradition to Modernity (5) VLPA/I&S
Introduction to modern Chinese literature in its cultural context. Texts in English translation.
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ASIAN 205 Literature and Culture of Japan from Tradition to Modernity (5) VLPA/I&S
Introduction to Japanese literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in its cultural context. May also include some Korean literature. Texts in English translation.
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ASIAN 206 Literature and Culture of South Asia from Tradition to Modernity (5) VLPA/I&S Pauwels, Shapiro
Introduction to medieval and modern South Asian literature in its cultural context. Texts in English translation.
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ASIAN 207 Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia (5, max. 10) VLPA/I&S
Introduction to the literature of one or more Asian traditions considered in its cultural context. Content varies depending on the specialization and interest of instructor. Texts in English translation.
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ASIAN 211 Languages and Cultures of China (5) VLPA/I&S
Provides a general survey of the languages and language-families in China, emphasizing the rich linguistic diversity found there today. Languages compared with English, from linguistic and cultural perspectives, to demonstrate not only characteristics but also mutual dependence throughout their development.
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ASIAN 263 Great Works of Asian Literature (5) VLPA
Selected major works of Asian literature. Taught on a rotational basis with the literary traditions of China, Japan, India covered in successive years. Content varies depending on specialization and interest of instructor. Primary emphasis on literary values of works and their tradition; attention also given to historical and social contexts and the thought and value systems of the culture involved.
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ASIAN 401 Introduction to Asian Linguistics (5) VLPA Handel, K. Ohta, Shapiro
Linguistic analysis, with emphasis on languages of East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia. Includes phonetics, phonemics, morphology, syntax, historical reconstruction, linguistic typology, comparative grammar. Survey of major languages and language families of Asia. Diverse Asian languages as subjects of linguistic analysis. Prior knowledge of linguistics not required. Recommended: two years of any Asian language.
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ASIAN 404 Writing Systems (3) VLPA Boltz, Salomon
Origin, nature, and development of writing systems. Alphabets, syllabaries, and logographic systems; relation of writing systems to spoken languages; decipherment of previously undeciphered scripts.
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ASIAN 405 Advanced Problems in Asian Linguistics (3) VLPA Handel, K. Ohta, Shapiro
Advanced problems in the analysis of the languages of East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia. Includes phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicography, historical reconstruction, linguistic typology, and comparative grammar. Prerequisite: ASIAN 401.
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ASIAN 411 Buddhist Literature (5) VLPA/I&S
Overview of major Buddhist literary traditions of India, China, and Tibet from antiquity to the end of the first millennium CE. Special focus on Indian Mahayana literature and the historical factors that accompanied its introduction and preservation in China and Tibet. Offered: W.
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ASIAN 494 Ramayana in Comparative Perspective (5) VLPA Pauwels
Examines and compares different versions (mainly South Asian) of the Ramayana, including the widely popular television version. Focuses on some famous and controversial passages, with special attention to gender issues. Incorporates background readings from the most recent research. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 461.
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ASIAN 498 Special Topics (1-5, max. 15) VLPA
Offered occasionally by permanent or visiting faculty members. Topics vary. Offered: AWSp.
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ASIAN 503 Seminar in Asian Linguistics (1-5, max. 15) Handel, A. Ohta, K. Ohta
Topics vary. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: AWSp.
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ASIAN 510 Teaching Asian Languages (5) A. OHTA
Methodology for teaching modern foreign languages, focusing on languages taught by teaching assistants in the department. Eclectic and practical overview for current and potential TAs. Consideration of broader issues involved in language program management. Strong hands-on component, including observation, teaching, materials development, and portfolio development for job seekers. Prerequisite: proficiency in an Asian language Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.
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ASIAN 580 Seminar in Hinduism Studies (5) Pauwels
Introduction to the academic study of Hinduism for graduate students. Examines major problems currently addressed in the academic study of Hinduism and the methods used. Provides a historical perspective on past scholarship. Offered: jointly with JSIS C 580.
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ASIAN 585 Seminar in Buddhism (5) Cox
Systems and history of Buddhist thought. Original and secondary sources are used. Combines the methods of specialists in south, central, and east Asian Buddhism with those of historians of religion and philosophy. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: AWSp.
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ASIAN 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
Offered: AWSpS.
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ASIAN 700 Master's Thesis (*-)
Offered: AWSpS.
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ASIAN 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*-)
Offered: AWSpS.
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