Selected Readings in Classical Japanese Literature

Course Type: Lecture
Study Focus: KBR
Term: Fall

Teacher: YUKAWA Shikiko

Course Code: JK15003

The aim of this course is to seek and discuss Japanese values, ideas and attitudes toward certain universal themes, such as love, death, human nature and aesthetic beauty through a close reading of selected representative works of classical Japanese literature. We will use well-known English translations of the Manyoshu, Taketori Monogatari, Ise Monogatari and Tsurezuregusa, among other works, as our texts.


 


Course Information

Module: Research 1~3
CATS Requirements: MA 1st year or above

Day/Period: Mon/3
Location: Sem. Room 11
Credits: 2

 


Course Goals

・To become familiar with the content of selected works of classical Japanese literature and the sociohistorical background of the period within which each work was written.
・To grasp underlying themes and literary concepts which are critical to a deeper understanding of the selected works.
・To be able to recognize and understand major literary devices and techniques of expression and their function.
・To present critical analysis of a work of classical Japanese literature of the student’s choice in a written paper.

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS.

To JDTS/MATS students: This is course can be taken as either a reduced (4 ECTS) or full seminar (8 ECTS).
Please indicate your ECTS requirement to the instructor.
For students taking this course as a “full seminar,” assessment will be based on the following [1]~[4].
[1] Outline and working bibliography for oral presentation and term paper (20%)
[2] Oral presentation on development of term paper(20%)
[3] Term paper (40%)
[4] Submission of comprehension essays and contribution to discussion sessions (20%)
Students are encouraged to utilize the instructor’s office hours throughout the semester to discuss any specific concerns they may have regarding their paper.
Before enrolling in this course, students should carefully note the following:
One of the main objectives of the term paper for this course is for students to acquire the ability to analyze objectively the work of classical Japanese literature selected. This assignment is not intended as an “essay” for students to express their subjective opinions or personal preferences with regard to the literary work in question. Students will be expected to come up with a viable hypothesis and write a logical and objective paper that is based on careful and close reading of the text and amply supported by evidence cited from the literature.

For students taking this course as a “reduced seminar,” assessment will be based on the following [1]~[3].
[1] Outline and working bibliography for oral presentation (20%)
[2] Oral presentation (60%)
[3] Submission of comprehension essays and contribution to discussion sessions (20%)