• Class Number 4469
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • AsPr Shameem Black
    • Prof Carol Hayes
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
    • Dr Jonathan Ratcliffe
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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.

Required Resources

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Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 What is a literary genre? How should/can we talk about Asian literature? Japanese lyric poetry: Waka, tanka and poetic tradition Prof Carol Hayes & AsProf Shameem Black)
2 India’s National Epic: The Mahabharata (Dr Stephanie Majcher)
3 Out of the shadows: From wayang theatre to novel writing in modern Indonesia (Hon Prof George Quinn)
4 Chinese Lyric Poetry: From The Book of Songs to Song Dynasty Poetry (Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig)
5 Exploring Chinese Narratives: The Story of the Stone (Dr Shengyu Fan)
6 Female perspectives on the Ramayana and its retellings over time (AsProf Shameem Black)
7 Mongolian Oral Tales: Khans, Ogres and Amazons (Dr Jon Ratcliffe)
8 Classic Monogatari Narratives of Japan: The Tale of Genji & The Pillow Book (Prof Carol Hayes)
9 Korean Narratives: The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong (AsProf Ruth Barraclough)Literature of Islam in the Indonesian-Malay context (A/Prof Ronit Ricci)
10 Literature of South East Asia (TBC)
11 Hindi fiction & negotiating modernity, translations and trans-creations (AsProf Peter Friedlander)
12 Conclusions: What is Literature? Asian Perspectives Monkey, Saiyuuki and the classic Chinese tale The Journey to the West (Prof Carol Hayes & AsProf Shameem Black)

Tutorial Registration

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Vodcast 20 % 1, 2 & 3
Essay 45 % 1, 2 & 3
Tutorial Responses 20 % 1, 2 & 3
Participation 5 % 1, 2 & 3
Live Seminar Discussion Lead 10 % 1, 2 & 3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation is an important part of the course and active engagement both in class and on the course-forum will be recorded.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 & 3


2 x 3 minute tutorial Vodcast (10% for each)

  • The goal of this assessment task is to encourage students to develop presentation and critical thinking skills.
  • Vodcasts must be submitted by 11:55 pm the day before the relevant tutorial.
  • Recorded Vodcasts (in mp4 file format only) must be based on one or two of the weekly texts and must include one focus point of critical analysis, framed by an extract from the secondary readings. 
  • The 10% grade includes both the vodcast and the leadership of tutorial class discussion. Each Vodcast must finish with one question for the class and the presenter will then lead that class discussion. So Vodcasters must be aware of the 'why' behind their question and have a list of their references available.
  • One Vodcast must be completed in Weeks 1-6 and the other in Weeks 7-11.
  • Vodcasts MUST cover a different week’s material to the tutorial reading responses.
  • Graded Vodcasts with feedback will be returned the week after submission. 
  • Non-presenting students must view the Vodcasts in their tutorial forum prior to the tutorial. 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 45 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 & 3


Essay 45%

Due Tuesday, May 31.

LENGTH: 2500 words

  • Marked Analysis Return: Friday, June 10. 
  • Tutorial Time will be given to discussing the essay questions and how different primary sources could be used. 
  • Essays are required to include textual evidence and analysis from one or two primary sources and to draw on the analysis of appropriate secondary critical writing. 
  • Textual quotes are not included in the word count. 

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 & 3

Tutorial Responses

2 x 500 word Tutorial Reading Response (10% each)

  • Due by 11:55 pm the night before the tutorials class!
  • The tutorial reading responses are 500-word responses to ONE of the week’s Tutorial Discussion Questions.
  • Responses should include 1 to 2 quotes from either the week’s primary or secondary resource(s) - note that quotes are not included in the world count.  
  • One Tutorial Reading Response must be submitted in Weeks 1-6 and the other in Weeks 7-12.
  • Each response is worth 10%.
  • You may choose which 2 tutorial reading responses (of the 10) to submit. More than two can be submitted and then the best two results will be selected.
  • The goal of this assessment task is to encourage you to engage with the course materials and to present and defend your own ideas, with a view to further developing the skills needed in the essay writing.
  • Tutorial responses MUST cover a different week’s material to the tutorial vodcasts.
  • Graded responses with feedback will be returned the week after submission. 

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 & 3


  • Active response to Vodcast questions each week
  • Active engagement with Seminar Discussion questions. 
  • NOTE: it is hard to participate if you do not attend class.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 & 3

Live Seminar Discussion Lead

  • The goal of this assessment task is to encourage students to develop presentation and critical thinking skills.
  • Each student is required to play the role of Seminar Discussion Lead twice in the semester (once in Weeks 1-6 and the other in Weeks 7-12) 
  • Following the one-hour lecture/seminar the Discussion Leads will take control of the last 30 minutes of the LIVE SEMINAR. They will ask questions (which include their own questions and a collation of questions form other members of the class) for the last 30 minutes of the LIVE SEMINAR 
  • Discussion Lead Questions and a short summary of what triggered the questions (500 words) must be submitted following the LIVE SEMINAR. 
  • Quotes from the weekly materials which served as part of the trigger are not included in the world count. 
  • Students may select their preferred week, however those who have not signed up will be assigned a week by the convenor (as we cannot have everyone signing up for Week 6 or Week 12). 

Academic Integrity

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Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

·       Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

·       Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

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Distribution of grades policy

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Support for students

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AsPr Shameem Black

Research Interests

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Prof Carol Hayes

Research Interests

Dr Carol Hayes is Professor in Japanese language and Japanese studies in the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. She specialises in Japanese cultural production including literature, film and popular culture, and Japanese language teaching methodologies and practice, particularly e-Learning with a focus on flexible, online learning, student motivation and Japanese language acquisition. Her recent research focuses on Japanese tanka poetry, sashiko needlework and Japan-Australian relations in the cultural space.

ANU Researcher Link: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/hayes-c

Prof Carol Hayes

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Dr Jonathan Ratcliffe

Research Interests

Dr Jonathan Ratcliffe

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