Paul S Atkins
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.
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.
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.