Undergraduate Course: Classical Japanese Fiction 4 (ASST10113)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course aims to introduce students to Japan's narrative traditions and to develop their critical awareness of classical Japanese fiction in terms of the indigenous literary and critical traditions and in comparison with Western literary works and thinking.
The course will centre on two major long works of fiction, the Tale of Genji and the Tale of the Heike, but will also touch upon other works that illustrate important developments in classical Japanese fiction. These works will be examined primarily from a literary perspective, but their implications for scholarship of Japanese history and society and their influence upon other Japanese arts, will also be considered.
All students will be given a formative feedback exercise that will be helpful for the assessment for this course and students' general academic development.
The course will address the following topics:
Japanese narrative traditions: recording, inventing and the significance of truth
Writing in Chinese and Japanese by men and women
Women and writing at the Heian court: The Tale of Genji and its context; influences of Genji on later fiction and other arts
Changing perspectives on war tales (gunki monogatari): historical, religious, political or aesthetic?
The Tale of the Heike and its context: oral and textual tradition; relationship to the performing arts; influences on later fiction and other arts
Scholarship on classical Japanese fiction inside and outside Japan
The continuing relevance of classical Japanese fiction in contemporary Japan
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstate critical awareness of classical Japanese fiction in terms of the indigenous litrary and critical traditions and in comparison with Western literary works and thinking
- Communicate information and ideas effecitvely in essay form and through oral presentations and discussion
|Bargen, Doris G. A Woman┐s Weapon: Spirit Possession in the Tale of Genji. Honolulu: Hawaii UP 1997. |
Butler, Kenneth Dean. ┐The Textual Evolution of The Heike Monogatari┐ in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol. 26 (1966), pp. 5-51.
Joseph, Herbert S. ┐The Heike Monogatari: Buddhist Ethics and the Code of the Samurai,┐ in Folklore, Vol. 87, No. 1 (1976), pp. 96-104
Keene, Donald. ┐A Neglected Chapter. Courtly Fiction of the Kamakura Period,┐ in Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Spring, 1989), pp. 1-30.
McCullough, Helen Craig, tr. The Tale of the Heike. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP 1988.
McCullough, Helen Craig. Yoshitsune: A Fifteenth-century Japanese Chronicle. Tokyo and Stanford: University of Tokyo Press and Stanford University Press, 1966.
Murasaki Shikibu, tr. Edward G Seidensticker, The Tale of Genji. London: Secker and Warburg, 1976.
Murasaki Shikibu tr. Royall Tyler. The Tale of Genji. New York: Viking 2001.
Murasaki Shikibu, tr. Richard Bowring, The Diary of Lady Murasaki. London: Penguin 1996.
Puette, William J. A Reader┐s Guide: The Tale of Genji. Tokyo: Charles E Tuttle 1983.
Rowley, G.G. Yosano Akiko and the Tale of Genji. Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2000
Shirane, Haruo. Envisioning the Tale of Genji: Media, Gender and Cultural Production. New York: Columbia UP, 2008/
Shirane Haruo and Tomi Suzuki, eds. Inventing the Classics: Modernity, National Identity and Japanese Literature. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP 2000.
Varley, Paul. Warriors of Japan As Portrayed in the War Tales. Honolulu: University of Hawai┐i Press 1994.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Helen Parker
Tel: (0131 6)50 4230
|Course secretary||Mr David Horn
Tel: (0131 6)50 4227