Faculty Profile

Peter Bates

Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature (2006)

Contact Information

batesa@dickinson.edu

Stern Center for Global Educ Room 009
717.245.1127

Bio

Professor Bates is a specialist in modern Japanese literature and film. In addition to survey courses in these areas, he has taught courses in Japanese youth culture, war in fiction and film, ecocriticism, East Asian film, and cinematic adaptations of Japanese literature. Professor Bates' book on representations of the 1923 earthquake that destroyed Tokyo is forthcoming from the University of Michigan, Center for Japanese Studies Press. His research in this area has continued into Japan's 2011 tsunami disaster. Other research interests include urban modernism and early post-war Japanese literature and film.

Education

  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 1998
  • M.A., University of Michigan, 2001
  • Ph.D., 2006

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

EASN 101 Introduction to East Asia
An interdisciplinary study of East Asian civilizations. The course provides a framework for understanding by introducing students to traditional social and cultural patterns in East Asia and to the variety of transformations that have taken place there.

JPNS 211 Intermediate Japanese
The aim of this course is the mastery of the basic structure of Japanese language and communicative skills. The student will have an opportunity to get to know more of Japanese culture. Prerequisite: 102 or permission of the instructor.

JPNS 211 Intermediate Japanese
The aim of this course is the mastery of the basic structure of Japanese language and communicative skills. The student will have an opportunity to get to know more of Japanese culture. Prerequisite: 102 or permission of the instructor.

JPNS 500 Independent Study

Spring 2016

JPNS 202 Intermediate Japanese
The aim of this course is the mastery of the basic structure of Japanese language and communicative skills. The student will have an opportunity to get to know more of Japanese culture. Prerequisite: 201 or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

EASN 203 Japanese Literature into Film
Cross-listed with FLST 210-01. This course introduces students to major figures in the cinematic and literary history of Japan while exploring the issue of film adaptation. Each week we will read a book, play or short story and watch a film made from that source. Rather than discuss questions of a film's fidelity, we will examine how different techniques are used in the source and the adaptation to explore similar or even diverging themes.

FLST 210 Japanese Literature into Film
Cross-listed with EASN 203-01. This course introduces students to major figures in the cinematic and literary history of Japan while exploring the issue of film adaptation. Each week we will read a book, play or short story and watch a film made from that source. Rather than discuss questions of a film's fidelity, we will examine how different techniques are used in the source and the adaptation to explore similar or even diverging themes.

JPNS 500 Independent Study

Summer 2016

EASN 208 Japan Practicum
Offered in Japan. An intensive in-country introduction to Japanese culture and society. The course is particularly suited to students who have not had a chance to take two years of Japanese language instruction and/or are not able to take advantage of the College's semester or year-long program in Japan. The course will introduce students to various aspects of Japanese society and culture and will link classroom study to outside-the-classroom and on-site experiences. The latter will include academic excursions to places of historical and cultural interest as well as to institutions like factories, schools, businesses, community organizations, and recreation areas that exemplify contemporary Japanese life. Course content will vary with the particular expertise and interests of the instructor(s) and curricular needs.

ERSC 311 Meltdowns and Waves
Seminar in special topics which vary depending on faculty and student interest and need. Three hours of classroom a week. Prerequisite: Dependent upon topic or permission of instructor.

ENST 311 Meltdowns and Waves
An interdisciplinary course on special environmental studies topics to be offered on the basis of faculty interest, need, and demand. Recent topics have included loss of biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, forests, air pollution, and climate change. No laboratory. Prerequisite: Dependent upon topic or permission of the instructor.