EMPERORS, SAMURAI, AND THE MEN WHO LOVE THEM
Queer culture in East Asia exists at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, and East and West. Both China and Japan have long historical and textual traditions of male homosexuality, traditions sometimes embraced and sometimes rejected by today’s East Asian gay communities. This course examines films, novels, and popular culture, together with historical studies and primary documents, as a means toward understanding the homosexual traditions of both the past and the present. Though the traditional materials are focused on male homosexuality, the course will also examine the role of both lesbians and straight women in the formation of queer identities in contemporary East Asia. This course assumes no previous background in Asian culture.
This course requires both oral and written analyses of the materials presented. The daily discussions are a key component. Often, written journal prompts will be assigned prior to class discussion. You should be prepared to read your responses when called upon to do so. They will also be used as pre-writing for the two analytical papers and film review. There will also be opportunities to give more formal presentations, both in class and as part of a public film series.
—Participation—You are expected to participate vigorously and vocally. If you feel shy about jumping into the discussion, you will need to find ways to be brave. It is essential to come to all class sessions; absences beyond max cut (3 class sessions) will result in participation grades of zero for the day.
—Films—You are expected to attend all Wednesday film screenings. If for some reason you must miss a film screening, you are expected to view the film prior to the Friday class and, at the beginning of that class, submit a 2-3 page response to the film. You may not simply choose to write your way out of the film screenings, as viewing the films, as a group, is an integral part of the course.
—Papers—Papers will receive deductions for lateness, generally at the rate of 2 percent per day. Make sure to cite all of your sources properly; failure to give proper credit, whether intentional or accidental, constitutes plagiarism. Plagiarism will be penalized in accordance with college policies.
Breakdown of Evaluation Components
25% Class Participation
20% Handwritten response journal (both in-class and homework)
10% Shorter paper (2-3 pages)
10% Film review (2-3 pages)
30% Longer paper (6-7 pages)
5% Group presentations
Reading and Viewing
In addition, there will be several texts on e-reserve
Longer Paper due by 5pm