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LIT200BC(文学 / Literature 200)
Special Study of Japanese Literary Arts (3) C

Ryota ABE

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Faculty/Graduate school Faculty of Letters
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Year 2023
Class code A2667
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Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 木5/Thu.5
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷
Classroom name 市Y‐Y703
Grade 1~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes) 2~4
Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Category 日本文学科
Day or Night 夜間時間帯

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Outline (in English)

Course Outline: The Middle Ages of Japan began with the Genpei wars, otherwise known as the disturbances of the Jishō and Juei years, at the end of the Heian period (late 12th century). Heike monogatari (The Tale of the Heike) deals with these wars. In this class we will read major variants of the tale in their original forms. By understanding the characteristics of each variant and the historical background in which it was created, we will gain an overview of the world of The Tale of the Heike and grasp an important aspect of medieval literature.

Learning Objectives: By the end of the course, students should be able to do the following:
1. Read the original text of The Tale of the Heike, and understand and explain its content (plot, composition, expression characteristics, etc.); and
2. Understand and explain the world of the tale based on a proper understanding of its historical background (the thought and culture of the period, etc.).

Learning Activities Outside of the Classroom: Since we will work with passages from a literary work, students should acquaint themselves with the context of the passages. To read the original text, you will need to have basic knowledge of classical Japanese grammar at high school level and basic knowledge of Japanese history at high school level. Preparation and review will require about 2 hours.

Grading Criteria/Policy: Final grades will be calculated as follows: in-class contribution (40%), and term-end examination (60%).

Default language used in class

日本語 / Japanese