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Paul S Atkins
JAPAN 434
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Premodern Japanese Literature

Seminar study of special topics in Premodern Japanese literature. Prerequisite: JAPAN 321.

Class description

In-depth study of a topic in premodern (classical) Japanese literature. Topics and texts vary by year. 2014 topic will be The Tale of the Heike (Heike monogatari). We will read the new translation by Royall Tyler and study the tale and its historical reception in a variety of genres.

Student learning goals

Carry out independent research in classical Japanese literature.

Conduct sustained analysis of (translated) primary and secondary sources.

Engage other students productively in discussion; express and exchange views.

General method of instruction

Seminar method. Group discussion of common readings; design of an independent research project; oral presentation on project; research and writing of a term paper.

Recommended preparation

JAPAN 321 (Japanese Literature I).

Class assignments and grading

Preparation of readings, discussion, oral presentation, research project.


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.
Last Update by Paul S Atkins
Date: 11/08/2013