IMAP Department of Philosophy
Intended Year: 大学院
Intended School: 専修学生
Topics in Religious Practices and Beliefs III
Ito B-105 Classroom
E科目 (English, 日本語)
This graduate seminar examines popular narratives from historical through contemporary Japan and modern methodologies in studying them. Relevant primary sources revolve around non-elite modes of expression: oral histories, epic tales, local legends, stories of the supernatural, music, religious festivals, manga, anime, and film. Through analyses of these mediums, we will explore the underlying belief structures that have shaped ideas concerning death and the afterlife, ethics, otherness, and the spiritual realm in Japan. The course also interrogates the intellectual construct of the ‘folk’ and folk religion. To quote the American folklorist Alan Dundes, “Who are the folk?” How does this concept relate to regional versus national identity, civilized versus so-called primitive populations, premodern versus modern categories? |
Keywords : folklore, minzokugaku, yokai, Yanagita Kunio|
Prerequisites : N/A|
Required Ability : English fluency
Textbooks : Foster, Michael Dylan. The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore. UC Press, 2015. |
Reference Books : Christy, Alan S. A Discipline on Foot: Inventing Japanese Native Ethnography, 1910–1945. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2012.
Figal, Gerald. Civilization and Monsters: Spirits of Modernity in Meiji Japan. Duke University Press, 2000. (Ordered for the KKS, 9/10/19)
Foster, Michael Dylan. Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yōkai. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2009.
Ortabasi, Melek. The Undiscovered Country. Harvard University Asia Center, 2014.
Tyler, Royall. Japanese Tales. New York: Pantheon Books, 1987. (PDF)
Yanagita Kunio and Ronald A. Morse. The Legends of Tono. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008.
Course Handouts : N/A
Suggestion for success (Specific) : Participation in discussion and careful reading of assignments is important
Study Consultation (Office Hours) : Office hours by appointment
Additional Information regarding Evaluation Method :
Others : N/A|
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