Introduction To Pre-modern Japanese Language
- Course Code:
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 2
- Taught in:
- Term 2
- Survey of Pre-modern Japanese Literature (Co-requisite).
- Knowledge of modern Japanese language to second-year level (Prerequisite)
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, a student should be able to read classical texts with the aid of a reference grammar and a classical dictionary. The knowledge gained about classical grammar and styles should also give students skills in understanding modern Japanese and in reading Japanese texts of all kinds and all eras.
A total of 11 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
The student will be introduced to classical Japanese initially by studying a grammar textbook with short examples from classical texts. The student, then, will read short sections from representative classical literary texts in annotated editions such as Tales of Ise, Hôjôki, Tale of the Heike, Nô plays, Bashô and Chikamatsu.
Method of assessment
One two-hour written examination in May/June (70%); one x 1,000 word translation from Japanese into English to be submitted on the last day of term in which the course is taught (15%); one mid-term test (week 6) on classical grammar (15%).
A coursepack will be available for students to purchase.