This course is an introduction to the concepts of literature in a number of Asian traditions. The materials range from ancient to contemporary texts, which will all be presented in accessible English translation. The course will focus on attitudes to literature and explore the variety of texts in Asian literatures, requiring students to consider the relevance of European genre categories: novel, poem, epic etc. in relation to these texts. Thus the main aim is to problematise the relationship between text and genre and issues of translation (across language, history and culture). We will consider how particular texts work and how best they can be categorized in terms of genre. The course will explore some aspects of the social and literary environments that have shaped the production and interpretation of literary texts in both historical and contemporary Asian cultures, and consider the significance of a writer's nationality, cultural background, gender, social class and historical situation in the shaping of a work of literature.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe how practitioners of literary studies have approached the study of Asia and the Pacific;
2. Make critical use of concepts and analytic tools from literary studies to develop, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge about Asia and the Pacific;
3. Evaluate how the study of Asia and the Pacific has influenced, and might influence, global literary studies.
Indicative Assessment1. 4 x Tutorial Reading Responses - 20%
2. Participation and Discussion Forum (10%)
3. Essay #1 (30%) - 1,500 words
4. Essay #2 (40%) - 2,500 words
4.1 Essay Outline (Research Question, Annotated Bibliography & Primary Source analysis) (15%)
4.2 Final Essay (25%)
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WorkloadThe course comprises a weekly load of two one-hour lectures and one one-hour tutorial. It demands an average of five hours of tutorial preparation, including assigned readings, and review of lectures.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsAll readings will be available on-line
Preliminary ReadingMiller, Barbara Stoler. (1994) Masterworks of Asian Literature in Comparative Perspective. New York and London: M.E.Sharpe.
All readings will be available on-line
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8893||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|