ASIANLAN 433 - Classical Japanese I
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Asian Languages (ASIANLAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
ASIANLAN 226 or 227.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Why learn classical? It will, of course, help you to read anything written in Japanese before 1945. But more than that, Classical Japanese is all around you in Japan, even today. It is not just the language of the warriors in Japan’s medieval heroic epics as they challenge their enemies to combat; or that of the world’s first novel, filled with amorous intrigue in a society where a deftly turned poem can win the object of your affections; or even that of the Kyoto-based chronicler of the end of days. It is also the language of the new year’s karuta games people still play. It is in the formal language of phrases of everyday Japan such as “Goenryo sezu ni” or archaisms such as “wa ga kuni.” It is the reason that the hit song from one Pokémon movie is “Chiisaki mono” rather than “Chiisai mono.” In short, unlocking Classical Japanese will not only help you to open the fascinating and complicated world of Japan’s past, but will also deepen your knowledge of its present.

Intended Audience:

Students of Japanese language/culture who have proficiency reading modern Japanese

Class Format:

Two 90-minute sessions and one 1-hour session weekly


ASIANLAN 433 - Classical Japanese I
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
W 10:00AM - 11:00AM

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