Readings In Pre-modern Japanese Literature (Masters)
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Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, a student should have gained an in-depth understanding of several key periods in pre-modern Japanese culture, as expressed through a variety of literary texts read in the original or in translation. Students will receive an introduction to classical Japanese language and grammar and use the skills acquired to read selective texts in the original language. Students are required to read a variety of genres to gain insight into the role and function of literature in pre-modern society. The course will concentrate on a few main historical periods rather than undertake a survey of the whole pre-modern period in order to gain a more complex understanding. Obligatory class discussions and book/essay presentations will help equip students with greater confidence in arguing their own points with others.
Total of 22 weeks teaching with a 2 hour language class, a 1 hour lecture per week, and 12 seminar hours during the year.
Method of assessment
One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); one 3,500-word essay to be submitted on day 1 of Term 2 (25%); one 3,500-word essay to be submitted on first day of term 3 (25%).