Paul S Atkins
Introduction to Kambun, a method of reading texts written in Chinese as classical Japanese. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Introduction to kanbun kundoku: diacritical symbols, grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension.
Student learning goals
Read kanbun texts in a variety of genres.
Prepare classical Japanese transliterations (kundoku) of kanbun texts.
Accurately translate kanbun into English.
General method of instruction
Discussion of meaning and grammar of assigned passages. Individual translation projects.
Japanese 471 (Introduction to Classical Japanese) or equivalent (i.e. knowledge of classical Japanese grammar). Graduate standing. Knowledge of 2000+ kanji and ability to use a Kan-Wa dictionary.
Class assignments and grading
Preparation of readings, discussion, examinations, translation project.