Far Eastern Languages and Literatures

Courses in Buddhist Studies (Division 332)

220(Chinese 220/Japanese 220)/Asian Studies 220/Rel. 202. Introduction to World Religions: South and East Asia. (4). (HU).

Intended primarily for freshmen and sophomores, this course is an introduction to the philosophical, contemplative, ritual and artistic heritage of the major Asian religious traditions. Hinduism (India), Confucianism and Taoism (China), Shinto (Japan) and Buddhism (India, Tibet, China, Japan) will be considered against their historical/cultural backgrounds, and against the background of human religiousness in general, primarily through reading in English translation such classic works as the Dhammapada, Bhagavad Gita and Tao-te-ching. There will be two lectures and one discussion section a week, with liberal use of slides and films to bring alive Asian religion in a way that words never can. There are no prerequisites for the course, which is itself a prerequisite for intermediate and advanced courses in Asian religions, especially Buddhism. It also is required for concentration in the Program on Studies in Religion. (Jackson)

Courses in Chinese (Division 339)

102 Beginning Chinese. Chinese 101 or equivalent. (5). (FL).

Chinese 102 (Beginning Chinese) is a continuation of Chinese 101. The textbooks are Beginning Chinese and Beginning Chinese Reader (Part I & II), both by John DeFrancis. Students are required to listen to tapes after class (at least 5 or 6 hours a week). We meet five hours a week 2 hours of lectures and 3 hours of drills. We will begin with Lesson 14 in both texts. Readings are longer than in Chinese 101 and will take much of a student's time outside of class toward the end of the term. Students are also required to make up sentences for each lesson as part of the homework. Note: No visitors are allowed. (Tao)

452 Literary Chinese. Chinese 202 or 362. (4). (HU).

This course is a continuation of the introductory term of literary Chinese. We continue to read in a variety of texts covering all premodern periods. Further practice is aimed at improving understanding of the structure of literary Chinese, introductory practice in dictionaries and other aids to interpretation, better familiarity with important grammatical particles. Supplementary areas of concern include policies and problems in using literary Chinese in research, problems of translation, and the general evolution of styles in the literary tradition. (DeWoskin)

472. Traditional Chinese Drama and Fiction in Translation. No knowledge of Chinese required. (3). (HU).

The growth of Chinese fiction differs widely from the West since its style was influenced deeply by the Chinese story-teller and its contents were influenced by Chinese Buddhism and Taoism. Special attention is paid to the circumstances of this growth from the 14th century to the beginning of the 20th century. In a fashion just as unique, Chinese dramatic forms evolved from early song and dance performances. All types of traditional Chinese drama are eclectic and synthetic. Since drama is closely associated with various types of verse forms, the student will also be exposed to nondramatic forms of lyric and occasional poetry which are associated with the drama. Readings will include: Birch, ed., Anthology of Chinese Literature, Vols. I and II; Hsiung, Romance of the Western Chamber; Crump, Chinese Theatre in the Days of Kublai Khan; Waley, trans. Monkey; Chin P'ing Mei ("The Golden Lotus"); David Hawkes, trans., The Dream of the Red Chamber; Shadick, trans., The Travels of Lao Ts'an. (Lin)

474. Chinese Literary Criticism. Open to non-concentrators. (3). (HU).

This course will explore the nature of fictional narrative through a mixture of theoretical considerations and close readings of works selected from two independent traditions: China and the West. What characterizes and distinguishes fictional narratives? What makes a story? Can we identify "universals" as we look at works produced from distinctive cultural contexts? What is it that we do as readers, especially when it comes to transcultural texts? Other topics for discussion: history and the emergence of fiction; story-tellers and narrators; stories made from other stories; fiction about writing of fiction. Readings in theory will include selections from: Chatman, Story and Discourse; Rimmon-Kenman, Narrative Fiction and Iser, "Indeterminancy and the Reader's Response"; Plaks, "Towards a Theory of Chinese Narrative." Readings in fiction (in English translation) will emphasize works early or modern. Chinese selections from Si-ma Qian, Records of the Historian; Ma & Lau, Traditional Chinese Stories; Wu Chengen, Monkey; Lu Xun, "A Madman's Diary." Western selections from Cervantes, Don Quixote; Boccaccio, The Decameron; Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales; Gogol: "Diary of a madman"; Borges: "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote." Requirements: 4 short papers, midterm take home exam, and term paper. Students with a reading knowledge of Chinese should sign up for one extra hour of discussion and credit. (Feuerwerker)

505/Phil. 505. Topics in Chinese Philosophy. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

See Philosophy 505. (Munro)

Courses in Japanese (Division 401)

102 Beginning Japanese. Japanese 101 or equivalent. (5). (FL).

The course aims at the acquisition of the four basic language skills reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension in Japanese. The emphasis is on thorough mastery of the fundamental structure of Japanese through aural-oral exercises and practice to the extent that natural fluency in both spoken and written Japanese is achieved. In the Fall Term the basic rules of the Japanese writing system are presented. Hiragana is used from the very beginning and later Katakana and approximately 70 Kanji are introduced. In the Winter Term an additional 130 Kanji are introduced. It is required that students make use of the taped exercises in the Language Laboratory or at homes every day. Student evaluation will be based on (1) classroom and homework performance, and (2) results of quizzes, tests, and the final examination. (Endo)

402. Japanese Literature in Translation: Edo and Modern Periods. A knowledge of Japanese is not required. (3). (HU).

Primarily through lectures, the course will examine the various forms of popular Japanese literature in the age of the Shoguns, the Edo period (1600-1868) haiku, novels, puppet plays, and kabuki drama. It will also explore the rise of the modern psychological novel beginning in the Meiji period (1868-1912) and will focus on the great works of modern Japanese fiction from the Meiji era to the present, including the novels of Natsume Soseki, Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, and Nobel laureate Kawabata Yasunari. (Danly)

408 Advanced Readings in Modern Japanese Literature. Japanese 406 or concurrent enrollment in Japanese 406. (4). (HU).

Through close readings of works in a variety of styles in modern Japanese literature, the course aims to facilitate the student's progress in reading Japanese, to move beyond the level of deciphering and to help the student increase both his speed and accuracy of reading. The emphasis of the course is on close translation, in class, of the Japanese text. The course will also teach the student how to use dictionaries and other basic research aids effectively, and will help him begin to develop some critical sensitivity to Japanese literature. (Ito)

588 Japanese Bibliography. Japanese 406. (2). (Excl).

Offered Winter Terms only.

Bibliography beyond the standard reference works. Reports and discussion. (Saito)


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