CLASSIC JAPANESE LITERATURE
- Academic year
- 2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
- Official course title
- LETTERATURA GIAPPONESE CLASSICA
- Course code
- LM001N (AF:348437 AR:186979)
- On campus classes
- ECTS credits
- Degree level
- Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
- Educational sector code
- 2nd Semester
- Course year
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Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The course contributes to the attainment of the teaching goals of the graduate course in the area of language skills and includes also the more specific goals of the cultural and humanities areas.
The main objectives of the course are: 1) to acquire a foundational knowledge of Japanese premodern literature’s genres, literary techniques, and historical development; 2) to develop critical thinking skills through textual, historical, and socio-cultural analysis, through a variety of activities including close reading, class discussion, and longer written analyses; 3) to gain competencies in situating literature in its socio-cultural, political, ideological,
and historical context, and in critically assessing the relationship between works of literature produced in different periods; 4) to acquire useful tools to conduct bibliographic research and work independently on different topics of Japanese premodern literature ; 5) to learn how to write an academic essay.
Expected learning outcomes
- to know and understand the main authors and works of Japanese premodern literature
- to know and understand concepts and tools from the fields of literary criticism and historiography
- to deepen the knowledge and understanding of historical contexts through the analysis of literary texts
- to know useful tools to conduct independently bibliographic research
Applying knowledge and understanding:
- to analyze and interpret literary texts by using concepts and tools from the fields of literary criticism and historiography
- to critically apply concepts from literary historiography to the historical period studied in the course
- to use bibliographic references in different languages (included Japanese)
- to conduct new and interdisciplinary researches
- to produce critical judgments on the textual and historical-literary phenomena that are part of the program
- to subject various types of sources (academic and creative texts) to critical examination
- to develop original and innovative theories on the topics introduced during the lessons
- to express one's opinion in an effective way
- to re-elaborate and express in an effective way the opinions of other people
- to write independently an academic essays on Japanese premodern literature
- to analyze and translate texts written in Classical Japanese
Lifelong learning skills:
- to know how to conduct bibliographic research
- to know how to critically integrate the study of different materials (notes, slides, manuals, creative texts, academic articles)
- to be able to read and re-elaborate in a synthetic way materials written in different languages
- to refine one's ability to use the online teaching platform
- to know how to write an academic essay in an effective way
Students will be expected to develop translation skills (expecially from modern and classical Japanese) and sharpen their ability to apply philological and critical arguments to selected pieces of Ise monogatari. They will also learn how to conduct bibliographic research and how to write a brief academic essay on the topics discussed during the lessons. For this purpose the teacher will explain how to use several databases and websites of national and international libraries. Teacher will also guide students to the gradual process of writing academic essays and to the correct use of editorial rules.
- Moretti Laura (2016) Recasting the Past. An Early Modern "Tales of Ise" for Children. Leiden and Boston: Brill.
- Mostow Joshua S., Yamamoto Tokuro, Hanlon Kurtis (eds.) (2021). An Ise monogatari Reader. Context and Reception. Leiden and Boston: Brill.
- Mostow Joshua S. (2021). " The Ise-e Tradition and Ise Manga". Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese 55 (1), pp. 215-242.
- Mostow Joshua S. (2014). Courtly Visions. The Ise Stories and the Politics of Cultural Appropriation. Leiden and Boston: Brill.
- Newhard Jamie L. (2013). Knowing the Amorous Man. A History of Scholarship on Tales of Ise. Cambridge (Massachusetts) and London: Harvard University Asia Center.
- Shirane Haruo, Suzuki Tomi (eds.) (2000). Inventing the Classics. Modernity, National Identity, and Japanese Literature. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
- Katagiri Yoichi (ed.) ( 1972) "Ise monogatari". Katagiri Yoichi, Fukui Teisuke, Takahashi Shoji, Shimizu Yoshiko (eds.). Taketori monogatari, Ise monogatari, Yamato monogatari, Heichu monogatari. Tokyo: Shogakukan. Nihon koten bungaku zenshu 8.
A selection of texts in classical Japanese will be available for download on the online learning platform of this course. Detailed explanation about bibliography will be also available on the same online learning platform.
1) Evaluation of a short essay (max 3000 words, 50% of the final mark) focusing on the analysis of one of the topics discussed during the lessons. The essay will be submitted one week before the oral exam and will follow the editorial roles explained by the teacher.
2) Evaluation of an interview (50% of the final mark) which aims to verify students' knowledge of the textual references and critical scholarship of the field included in the section "referral texts" of the syllabus. Students will be also expected to prove their ability to analyze and translate a selection of pieces from literary works in Classical Japanese.