JPNS2670 Outline - JPNS2670 Modern Japanese Literary...

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JPNS2670 Modern Japanese Literary Masterpieces Semester 2 2011 Unit of Study outline Unit of Study description Aims: This Unit of Study aims at improving students' language skills in reading Japanese that is expressed at a different level from its daily use, that is, in modern Japanese literature. The comprehension of literary works enables students to gain an insight not only into the authors' themes and expressions but also into the socio-cultural environment of the time when the stories were written. Students are also encouraged to look up dictionaries competently, expand their knowledge by further reading of the same author, and write a critical essay. Objectives: This Unit of Study introduces two major Japanese fiction writers: Ôe Kenzaburô (b. 1935) and Murakami Haruki (b. 1949). The course is twofold: (1) first, reading Ôe Kenzaburô’s essay entitled ‘My dream to become “intellectual’” to discuss what he meant by “intellectual” 3 second, reading two excerpts from Murakami Haruki’s Kafca on the shore w in Japanese in order to improve Japanese language reading skills and comprehension; and (2) investigating where Japanese literature stands in the global society today. Learning outcomes: By the end of this Unit of Study, students will be able to understand the significance of the literary texts that we study in this semester. Students can look up dictionaries easily. They will be able to relate themes and concerns expressed in modern Japanese literature to their own knowledge and experience. An imaginative understanding will broaden students' cross-cultural knowledge and develop their intellectual capacities. These are primary generic skills that the University of Sydney advocates. Coordinator and lecturer Dr Yasuko Claremont (co-ordinator and lecturer) Contact: Brennan Room 550 TEL: 9351 4500 FAX: 9351 2319 Email: [email protected] Consultation Hours: Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00 and Thursday 2:00 – 3:00 If you have any questions about anything to do with this course, please contact the co-ordinator/lecturer, Yasuko Claremont.
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Learning Materials Text: JPNS2670 Reader is available at the Copy Centre Recommended Learning Materials A kanji dictionary of your choice. Note that a kanji dictionary is required for this unit of study. Makino, Seiichi. 1989. A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar (¨ R Z¹ ª * ). Tokyo: The Japan Times. Classes and times Wednesday 3 – 4 PM Carslaw Room 453 Thursday 12 – 1 PM Main Quad S241 Participation and Attendance We shall meet in class for two hours per week: Wednesdays and Thursdays. Our classes will involve a lot of interactive learning, so your attendance and your active participation in class are most important. The Faculty regards a student who is absent for more than 10 per cent of classes in a
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