IMAP Department of Philosophy

(Credit 2)
選択科目
Intended Year: 大学院
Intended School: 専修学生
Topics in Religious Practices and Beliefs III
Topics in Religious Practices and Beliefs III
Sub Title  JAPANESE FOLKLORE: METHODS & MONSTERS
Assistant Professor Caleb CARTER
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Course Code:
2019 FallTerm
weekly Thu4
Ito B-105 Classroom
E科目 (English, 日本語)
Course Overview 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
Course Plan 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

Tentative Weekly Schedules Lecture Exercise, Field trip etc. Comments, suggestions for the course preparation, review, etc.
1 “Who are the folk?” Course Introduction
2 Studying Folk Culture in Japan (An Overview)
3 Foster, Pandemonium and Parade
4 NO CLASS (Tuesday Schedule)
5 Tengu
6 Oni in Medieval Japan
7 Early Modern Oni
8 The Gendered Supernatural (Serpents & Mothers)
9 Legends of Tōno
10 Perspectives on Yanagita
11 Namahage (Guest Michael Foster)
12 Figal, Civilization and Monsters
13 Ortabasi, The Undiscovered Country
14 Postwar ideas about the minzoku, with guest Eric Siercks (UCLA)
15 The Ghosts of Tomorrow

Suggestion for success (Specific) : Participation in discussion and careful reading of assignments is important
Study Consultation (Office Hours) : Office hours by appointment
Course Objectives
かなり優れている 優れている 及第である 一層の努力が必要
MP_A-a [先行研究の理解]
哲学を対象とする領域では、古典的な文献著作を厳密に読解するとともに、重要な先行研究に基づいてその内容を批判的に検討し考察できる。
EXCELLENT LEVEL: Student achievement in this area, as measured through his/her level of class preparation and participation, completion of assignments, and performance on the quizzes is evaluated as "outstanding." GOOD LEVEL: Student achievement in this area, as measured through his/her level of class preparation and participation, completion of assignments, and performance on the quizzes is evaluated as "good." SAT/PASS LEVEL: Student achievement in this area, as measured through his/her level of class preparation and participation, completion of assignments, and performance on the quizzes is evaluated as "average and satisfactory." DEFICIENT: Student achievement in this area, as measured through his/her level of class preparation and participation, completion of assignments, and performance on the quizzes falls below satisfactory; more effort and application are required to pass.
MP_B1-c [理論的な分析]
MP_B2-b [理論的思考力]
MP_B2-c [問題解決能力]
GPA Evaluation
A B C D F
授業を通じて、総じて「かなり優れている」に相当する活動を行った。 授業を通じて、概ね「優れている」を超える活動を行った。 授業を通じて、「及第する」に相当する活動を行った。 授業を通じて、総じて「及第する」には達しないものの、それに近い活動を行った。 授業を通じて、「一層の努力が必要」の活動にとどまった。
Evaluation
Standpoint→
Evaluation Method
MP_A-a
[先行研究の理解]
MP_B1-c
[理論的な分析]
MP_B2-b
[理論的思考力]
MP_B2-c
[問題解決能力]
Grading Percentage, Disqualification etc.
Presentation 60%
In-class contribution 20%
Report 20%

Additional Information regarding Evaluation Method :
Others Others : N/A

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