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


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Faculty/Graduate school Faculty of Letters
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Year 2023
Class code A2704
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Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Day/Period 金2/Fri.2
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷
Classroom name 市Y‐Y602
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 issues in the field of Japanology (Japanese studies) in the post-war era, especially in connection with Ruth Benedict's The Chrysanthemum and the Sword (1946). After initial lectures on the content of Benedict's book, students participate in one of three presentations on Benedict's discussion and understanding of the Japanese concepts of on (Chapters 5 & 6), giri (Chapters 7 & 8), and haji (Chapter 10). Other topics of lectures given by the instructor include the Nihonjinron (studies of the Japanese) of the 1960s and 1970s, criticisms of these studies in succeeding decades, and trends in the translation of Japanese classical literature in the post-war era. 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 elements of Benedict's book that had a particularly strong influence on the development of Nihonjinron and Japanese cultural studies within Japan in the second half of the 20th century, will learn how to view these objectively and critically, and will also gain an understanding of international reception of Japanese literature, focusing on its classical genres.
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