Samurai: Culture and Violence in Premodern Japan
EALC-E237 with Professor Morten Oxenboell
During this course we will take a closer look at how violence shaped the culture of medieval Japan - and how culture shaped the use and perception of violence in society, politics, religion, and literature. We will discuss the cultural ramifications of violence and samurai identities with comparisons to other medieval and East Asian societies and to present day issues and debates. At the same time, the course is also an introduction to the rise of the warriors in Japanese history – not only as a military and political force but also as carriers and developers of a refined cultural legacy.