ASIAN 222 - Great Books of Japan
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
A knowledge of Japanese is not required.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English. W (in odd years).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will introduce students to major works of Japanese literature from the Heian (794-1185) through Heisei (1989-present) periods. We will read texts drawn from major genres of poetry, theater, and fiction and analyze these works in relation to the development of Japanese aesthetics. We will also explore ways to understand these works in relation to the social and cultural history of Japan.

Course Requirements:

Students will be required to take an in-class mid-term and final and to write two papers (5-7 pages in length). In addition, students will be expected to keep a reading journal.

Intended Audience:

No data submitted

Class Format:

This course will include on-campus field trips to the Asia Library and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

ASIAN 222 - Great Books of Japan
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0231112556
Essays in idleness the Tsurezuregusa of Kenk?, Author: translated by Donald Keene., Publisher: Columbia University Press 2nd pbk. e 1998
ISBN: 0918172020
In praise of shadows, Author: Jun?ichir? Tanizaki ; foreword by Charles Moore ; afterword by Thomas J. Harper ; translated by Thomas J. Harper and Edward G. Seidensticker., Publisher: Leete's Island Books 6. print 1977
ISBN: 0824834518
The Ise stories = Ise monogatari, Author: translated by Joshua S. Mostow and Royall Tyler., Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press 2010
ISBN: 0140441859
The narrow road to the deep north : (Matsuo) Bash? ; And other travel sketches., Author: Transl. from the Japanese with an introd. by Nobuyuki Yuasa., Publisher: Penguin Books Reprint. 1966
ISBN: 1466402644
Kokoro, Author: Natsume Soseki ; [translated by Edwin McClellan]., Publisher: Create Space Independent Publ.]
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