- Code ASIA2095
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Literature
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
Japanese Literature in Translation (JLiT) will introduce students to seminal works of Japanese literature with an emphasis on texts from the mid-19th century to present-day Japan. The focus of the class will be on reading, analysing and discussing of key novels and/or short fiction in relation to their historical, political, social and cultural contexts. Through this it is hoped that students will attain a deeper understanding of how Japanese writers and readers grappled with the question of identity in a time of rapid and oftentimes violent change.
Specifically, JLiT has three central aims:
1. To help students to attain a strong degree of familiarity with key texts in Japanese literary history and to understand how they relate to their various literary, cultural, political and historical contexts. Through this it is hoped that students will not only gain a deeper understanding of specific texts and writers but will also better understand the range of issues and competing and contradictory narratives that shape modern Japanese culture.
2. To help students, through reading and discussion, gain a basic understanding of literary theory and, through its practical application in critical literary analysis.
3. To help students develop and refine their research, analytical and critical writing skills culminating in a 3500 word research essay drawing on primary and secondary sources and compliant with relevant academic conventions. This research project will be broken into a number of subcomponents to be completed at various stages throughout the semester.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1 - To display deep familiarity with key modern Japanese literary texts in translation
2 - To demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between these texts and their literary, cultural, political and historical contexts.
3 - To analyse and discuss content, structure and context of specific works
4 - To conduct literary research drawing on a range of primary and secondary sources
5 - To develop a viable research topic and write a research paper effectively analysing said topic in accord with the appropriate academic conventions.
Indicative AssessmentResearch project 30% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Research project consists of the following components:
Proposal and Title - 2%
Outline - 3%
Bibliography - 3%
Rough Draft - 7%
Final Copy - 15%
Presentation 5% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Quizzes 30% (LO 1, 2)
Tests 35% (LO 1, 2, 3)
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Workload3 contact hours per week plus 7 hours per week for readings and assessments
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsText list will be posted on Wattle prior to start of the course
1 novel-length reading per week or commensurate novel excerpts, short stories and/or academic articles.
Assumed KnowledgeBasic familiarity with academic writing practices and conventions.
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