Paul S Atkins
Seminar study of special topics in Premodern Japanese literature. Prerequisite: JAPAN 321.
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.
JAPAN 321 (Japanese Literature I).
Class assignments and grading
Preparation of readings, discussion, oral presentation, research project.