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LIT300BC(文学 / Literature 300)
Special Study of Japanese Literary Arts (15) A


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Faculty/Graduate school Faculty of Letters
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Year 2023
Class code A2703
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Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 金2/Fri.2
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷
Classroom name 市富士‐F408
Grade 2~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes) 2~4
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
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Outline (in English)

Course Outline: This class deals with Japan and its relations with the other nations of the world, focussing on the 19th and early 20th century. Introductory lectures deal with the issues of global cultural spheres, and Japan's relations with China and Europe (Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands) in earlier centuries. We then examine accounts of 19th-century Japan written by such figures as Alcock, Aston, Satow, Chamberlain and Hearn. Each student participates in one of three presentations on books written in English by Japanese men of the time: Uchimura Kanzō's Representative Men of Japan (1908), Nitobe Inazō's Bushido: The Soul of Japan (1900), and Okakura Tenshin's The Book of Tea (1906), in an effort to determine what it was about Japan that these men wanted to present to the world. Other lectures deal with the influence of Japanese art and music on 19th-century and early 20th-century Europe, and Europe's discovery of Japanese classical literature. The class uses many sources written in English; existing Japanese translations are provided, and often commented on, by the instructor.
Learning Objectives: Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the image of 19th-century Japan recorded by foreign visitors to the country, the facets of Japanese culture that the Japanese of the time felt should be communicated to the West, and the process by which Japanese literature and arts came to be known to the world outside Japan's borders.
Learning Activities Outside of the Classroom: Students must prepare their presentations, deliver them, and write them up as their final report. Sections of the textbook are required reading for certain classes; other materials for required reading are distributed electronically prior to the class in which they are dealt with.
Grading Criteria/Policy: Reaction paper (submitted after each class) 35%; participation in presentation and discussion 25%; final written report 40%.

Default language used in class

日本語 / Japanese