- Code ASIA2304
- 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 Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Literature
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Shameem Black
- Prof Carol Hayes
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2022
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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:
- Describe how practitioners of literary studies have approached the study of Asia and the Pacific;
- Make critical use of concepts and analytic tools from literary studies to develop, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge about Asia and the Pacific;
- Evaluate how the study of Asia and the Pacific has influenced, and might influence, global literary studies.
- Reading Responses (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Participation (10) [LO 1,2, 3]
- Vodcasts (2) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
- Essay Outline (Research Question & Primary Source analysis) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- Essay, 2500 words (25) [LO 1,2,3]
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The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsAll readings will be available on-line
Preliminary ReadingAll readings will be available on-line
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