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Paul S Atkins
JAPAN 321
Seattle Campus

Japanese Literature I

Introduction to the literature and culture of Japan from the earliest times until the mid-nineteenth century. Close readings of tales, poems, plays, or essays with an emphasis on understanding cultural and historical contexts. In English. Offered: A.

Class description

Student learning goals

understand how premodern/classical Japanese literature functioned as a changing system from earliest times to the mid-nineteenth century

understand how this system intersected with political, social, economic, religious, and intellectual systems over the same time frame.

General method of instruction

Lectures and discussion sections.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites. No knowledge of Japanese required or presumed. There is a lot of reading in English.

Class assignments and grading

In-class quizzes and examinations.

Performance on written tests; preparation and participation in section.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Paul S Atkins
Date: 05/04/2012