Modern Japan Intro

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 UVa in 2016.


  1. Said, “On Orientalism
  2. Hegel, The Philosophy of History
  3. Read this one only after Orientalism and Hegel when you’re sure this is all academic and esoteric.
  4. Transition Debates
  5. and if you dare…“The Principle of Everydayness and Historical Time” (1930)