East Asian Languages and Cultures | Japanese Literature I
E321 | 1592 | Sarra


No prerequisites; knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary, though
some interest in, and enthusiasm for, Japanese literature is expected.

This lecture/discussion course provides the student with the opportunity to
read a range of largely narrative texts dating from the eleventh through the
twentieth centuries, each important to the Japanese literary tradition. All
works will be read in English translation and with special attention to
issues of gender, narration, and the connections between pre-modern and the
contemporary Japanese literary, political, and religious discourses. The
course will also introduce the student to feminist and narratological
approaches to literature. Students will be evaluated on the basis of daily
participation in the class discussions, one short oral presentation, two
short papers, and a final essay exam.

I take the matter of participation in class quite seriously and so should
you: regular input from you reveals what you have read and how well; it also
provides you with the opportunity to learn and to practice skills of
critical interpretation and dialogue, and, finally, it makes the class more
meaningful for everyone.

Course requirements:   An important part of the grade will be determined by
regular participation in class, discussions on the assigned readings, and
one short oral presentation. There will be a final essay examination,
probably involving two essay questions and an assortment of short
identification questions. Students are required to prepare two short papers
(6-7 pages) and will be asked to turn in rough drafts approximately ten days
before the final draft is due.