- Class Number 4318
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- Dr Mark Gibeau
- Dr Mark Gibeau
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
Literary and Cultural Discourse in Modern Japan will introduce students to seminal texts (in English translation) that defined literary and cultural discourse from the Meiji period to present-day Japan. Specifically, the course has three central aims:
1. To help students to attain a strong degree of familiarity with key Japanese literary texts 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, to develop their understanding of critical theory and its practical application in textual analysis.
3. To help students develop and refine their research, analytical and critical writing skills, culminating in a 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:
- Display familiarity with key modern Japanese texts in translation
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between these texts and their literary, cultural, political and historical contexts.
- Analyse and discuss the content, structure and context of specific works
- Conduct research drawing on a wide range of primary and secondary sources
- Develop a viable research topic and write a research paper effectively analysing said topic in accord with appropriate academic conventions.
A full reading list will be made available on wattle prior to the semester's start. Some texts will be provided by the instructor, others students will have to purchase or borrow from the library.
Staff FeedbackStudents 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
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Course Overview; Orientalism & Reverse Orientalism; Transitional literature and the emergence of the novel (1)||in-class quizzes|
|2||Transitional Literature (2) Higuchi Ichiyo; Nagai Kafu||in-class quizzes|
|3||Transitional Literature (3) Kunikida Doppo; Shimazaki Toson's The Broken Commandment||in-class quizzes|
|4||Self & Ego (1) Soseki's individualism, Kokoro||in-class quizzes; Reflection Essay #1 due 14 Mar, 23:59|
|5||Self & Ego (2) Akutagawa Ryunosuke & Hayashi Fumiko||in-class quizzes|
|6||Self & Ego (3) Edogawa Rampo & Dazai Osamu||in-class quizzes; Title & Proposal due 4 Apr, 23:59|
|7||War, Memory, Revolution (1) Kuroshima Denji & Endo Shusaku||in-class quizzes|
|8||War, Memory, Revolution (2) Ishikawa Jun, Miyamoto Yuriko & Abe Kôbô||in-class quizzes; Reflection Essay #2 due 25 Apr, 23:59|
|9||Kawabata Yasunari, Koda Aya & the Aesthetics of Decay||in-class quizzes|
|10||Existential Anxiety (1) - Mishima and Oe||in-class quizzes; Rough draft due 9 May, 23:59|
|11||Existential Anxiety (2) Abe Kobo's The Woman in the Dunes & Tsushima Yuko||in-class quizzes|
|12||Fantastic & the Unreal - Medoruma Shun & Murakami Haruki||in-class quizzes; Reflection Essay #3 due 23 May, 23:59; Research Paper Final submission due 30 May, 23:59|
There are no tutorials for this class.
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Quizzes (*22)||30 %||1,2|
|Reflection Essays (*3)||30 %||1,2,3|
|Research Paper||40 %||1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
Assessment RequirementsThe 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 AssessmentMarks 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 not specifically assessed. However, as the class is discussion centred, regular attendance and active participation are critical components of the learning process. As there will be no makeups for the daily quizzes excessive absences will necessarily impact marks.
There are no exams for this class.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Every class for which a reading has been assigned will begin with a short quiz to check students' preparation, with the exception of the first class.
Makeup quizzes will not be allowed, but the three lowest quiz marks will be dropped when calculating grades.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Reflection Essays (*3)
600 word essays intended to help students to consolidate readings and class discussion whilst further developing their analysis of the texts and improving their written English skills.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
A 3000 word research paper will assess students' ability to read critically and to write effectively. The paper will be broken into three components in order to provide students with guidance and feedback over the course of the semester. The components of the paper will be:
Title & Proposal - 5%
Rough Draft - 15%
Final submission - 20%
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Hardcopy SubmissionFor 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 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 RequirementsAccepted 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.
As a general rule I will endeavour to return assessments within 1 week of the stated submission deadline. With longer assessments (such as the rough draft or final copy of the essay) slightly more time may be required.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions 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.
Resubmission of Assignments
As a rule, resubmission of assignments will not be permitted
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Japanese literature, literary translation
Dr Mark Gibeau
Dr Mark Gibeau