Sept 10 – Course Introduction

Just before we start we will take a moment to consider the context and ideology of constructing a course called Modern Japan in the first place. Throughout the course we will always be reading our texts on at least three different registers: the internal logic of the text itself, the historical intervention that the writing of the text creates, and the ways and reasons it has come to us in English at NYU in 2018.


  1. Said, “On Orientalism
  2. Hegel, The Philosophy of History pp. 92-98.
  3. Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History
  4. Tosaka Jun, “The Principle of Everydayness & Historical Time
  5. Read this one only after Orientalism and Hegel when you’re sure this is all academic, esoteric, and useless.