ANS 378 • Senior Seminar in Asian Studies-W
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This is a discussion and research-based course with pan-Asian content. It contains a Substantial Writing Component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. Half (50%) of the final grade will be based on writing assignments. The course is intended primarily for Asian Studies majors in their final year of study and is a required course for ANS majors. The focus is on traditional forms of theatre and performance in South, Southeast, and East Asia (Japan and China). Each unit will involve reading the text of a play, studying its manner of performance, and analyzing its relationship to the society and culture of its time. Students will be encouraged to compare drama forms across cultures and to appreciate the elements of theatricality in different parts of Asia.
Two short papers (3-4 pages) 20% Oral reports 10% Exams (two) 30% One long paper (10-12 pages) 30% Attendance and participation 10%
Paperback editions of the following books are available for purchase in the University Co-op Textbook Store. These books are also on reserve in the Perry-Castaneda Library (PCL). James Brandon, Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre W J Johnson, trans., The Recognition of Sakuntala James Brandon, On Thrones of Gold Royall Tyler, ed., Japanese No Dramas Donald Keene, trans., Chushingura Cyril Birch, trans., Peony Pavilion Other required readings are available in PCL reserves. They may also be downloaded from the Blackboard website for this course. It is the student's responsibility to check Blackboard and obtain the required readings before each class meeting.