Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This class explores the cross cultural connections between America, China and Japan by studying the historical origins and significance of cowboys, dragons and samurai as cultural icons. Students will compare and contrast three genres of film and literature: the western, the martial arts tale, and the samurai story. Students will investigate in what ways the cowboy, the martial arts master and the samurai have become heroes embodying a national essence.
John Allyn, The Story of the 47 Ronin
Bruce Thomas, Bruce Lee, Fighting Spirit
William B. Cody: Autobiography of Buffalo Bill-Skyhorse Publishing
Jack Shafaer, Shane
Eji Yoshikawa, Musashi - optional purchase
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
3 in class tests and one analytic paper.
Weekly discussion boards.