Survey of Japanese Literature

J.F. Oberlin University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Survey of Japanese Literature

  • Host University

    J.F. Oberlin University

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    4 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0 - 0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0 - 0
  • Overview

    This course will be an introduction to the major works of Japan’s pre-modern literature. All the course materials and lectures will be provided in English and students need to write academic research papers in English. Recommended for students who are fluent enough in English. It covers the history of Japanese Literature from the earliest times up to 1868. We will read translated texts of original Japanese classics in various genres and styles, drawn from major genres of poetry, theater and fiction, and from representative works from a different period. We will analyze these works about the social and cultural history of Japan. This course will also frame development of Japanese aesthetics. On June 15, we will have the excursion to National Theater to see representative Japanese traditional theater, kabuki. In that occasion, students need to meet expense for travel (about 2000yen for travel). The class material will be provided through OBIRIN e-Learning (Moodle). Students need to download reading materials and to submit homework assignment and papers thorough it.