East Asian Languages and Cultures | Literary Japanese I
J461 | 1515 | Sarra


P: grade of C or better in EALC J302 or permission of instructor

This course is an introduction to classical Japanese grammar through the
reading of carefully selected texts in pre-modern Japanese literature.  We
will read in the original a variety of brief prose and lyric texts excerpted
from longer works which represent the diverse range of styles employed by
writers of the mid to late Heian period (early tenth through early
thirteenth centuries).  The direct method of learning through a close
reading of the texts themselves will be followed from the beginning.

The instructor expects to provide guidance and criticism throughout the
course, but does not intend to lecture more than once or twice during the
term.  The students are expected to give grammatical analysis of the
Japanese text when necessary, on the basis of procedures demonstrated during
the first class sessions.  In addition, attention will be given to
developing smooth translations into English.  Students will be called on to
give these analyses and translations, so participation is an essential part
of the grade.

Grades will also include a midterm and final examination.  Copies of the
texts to be covered and a chart of verb and auxiliary verb inflections will
be provided at the beginning of the course.  Students are required to equip
themselves with a copy of one of the following dictionaries of classical
Japanese:
	Obunsha, Kogo jiten (new ed., rev 1975)
	Kadokawa, Kogo jiten (new ed., rev 1963)
	Sanseido, Shin meikai kogo jiten (rev 1972)