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Dr. Joel Brereton, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2010

JPN 322 • Classical Japanese

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31702 MW
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
WEL 3.226

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the principal elements of premodern literary or 'classical' Japanese (‘bungo,’) the standard form of the written language for more than a millennium, and whose features are still found in literary writing, lyrics, and 'period' films. A survey of the main linguistic features will accompany close reading, commentary, and translation of a wide range of prose and poetry texts from the literary canon, from the Nara period through the Meiji period (8th century - early 20th century). The course is intended for all those who wish to read pre-WWII Japanese for cultural knowledge, research and pleasure, experiencing one of the world’s richest traditional literatures in its original form, and improving competence reading modern written Japanese. The course will include a thorough review of kanji to ensure that students can make use of Japanese commentaries on textual materials in addition to primary texts.

Grading Policy

Homework/In-class assignments: 50% Midterm Exam: 20% Final Project: 20% Attendance/Participation: 10%


Required Textbooks: McCullough, Helen Craig. Bungo Manual: Selected Reference Materials for Students of Classical Japanese. Cornell East Asia Series 48. Cornell University East Asia Program, 1988, rpt. 2005. Wixted, John Timothy. A Handbook to Classical Japanese. Cornell East Asia Series 134. Cornell University East Asia Program, 2006. Hadamitzky & Spahn. Kanji & Kana. Tuttle, 1981, revised 1997. Optional Textbooks Shirane, Haruo. Classical Japanese Reader and Essential Dictionary. Columbia University Press, 2007. Shirane, Haruo. Classical Japanese: A Grammar. Columbia University Press, 2005. Miyakoshi Masaru, Sakurai Mitsuru. Obunsha zen'yaku gakushû kogo jiten. Obunsha, 2006. Miner, Earl, Hiroko Odagiri, and Robert E. Morrell eds. The Princeton Companion to Classical Japanese Literature. Princeton University Press, 1988.


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