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Year 2017  School Center for International Education
Course Title
Summer Session (Literature and Art I) 01

Instructor ZWICKER, Jonathan Elias
Term/Day/Period summer quarter  othersothers
Category Global Studies Eligible Year 1st year and above Credits 2
Classroom 実施場所未定 Campus waseda
Course Key 9800005019 Course Class Code 01
Main Language English
  Course Code CMFE152L
First Academic disciplines Composite Fields Studies
Second Academic disciplines Expression
Third Academic disciplines Literature
Level Beginner, initial or introductory Types of lesson Lecture
  Open Courses

Syllabus Information

Latest Update:2017/01/19 16:56:01

Subtitle The Arts of Edo Japan
Course Outline

You will be expected to do short readings in preparation for each class. Readings are drawn from genres such as fiction, poetry and prose. In addition, we will make several field trips around the Tokyo area.

# Students are required to obtain the textbooks for this course. Please refer textbook section.

Objectives This course will introduce students to the poetry, prose, drama, and graphic arts of Japan during the Tokugawa Period (1603-1868) with emphasis on the arts of the city of Edo, modern day Tokyo. Through readings including the poetry of Basho, the drama of Chikamatsu, and the fiction of Saikaku, we will look at how literature and art emerged in the context of changes in society from the seventeenth-century forward and what connections exist between the arts of early modern Japan and contemporary Tokyo.
Course Schedule
6/26: Reading: excerpts from Yoshida Kenko's Essays in Idlesnees (1330s); discussion of the medieval and early modern, the role of printing in the Edo period and connections between image and text
6/28: Reading: Matsuo Basho Narrow Road to the Deep North (1689); discussion of continuities and changes in poetic tradition, print and manuscript, and relation of the city of Edo with the rest of Japan in the Edo period
7/3: Reading: Chikamatsu Monzaemon: Love Suicides at Sonezaki (1703) and Love Suicides at Amijima (1723); development of drama in the Edo period; relationship between joruri and kabuki; drama and print culture
7/5: Reading: Ihara Saikaku “The Story of Seijuro in Himeiji” and “What the Seasons Brought the Almanac Maker” in Five Women Who Loved Love (1686); emergence of fiction market, connections between theater and fiction, meanings of parody and tragedy in Edo Japan
7/10:  * We will meet at the Waseda University Theater Museum for the first period. Reading: Kawatake Mokuami “The Hamamatsu-ya Scene” from Shiranami gonin otoko (1862). Discussion of kabuki, concepts of authorship, transition from Edo to Meiji
7/12: * Field trip to Edo Tokyo Museum and Asakusa Area: we will spend the class period at the Edo/Tokyo Museum and in the area around Asakusa.
7/17: Reading: Higuchi Ichiyo “Growing Up” and “Troubled Waters” (1895); relationship between Edo and Meiji periods; gender, class, and the promises of modernity
7/19: Reading: Natsume Soseki Kokoro (1914); the end of the Meiji period and the trajectory of modern Japan
Textbooks [Important condition for taking this course]
You are asked to get ahold of copies of Matsuo Basho's The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Natsume Soseki's Kokoro; both books are available through Amazon Japan and Google Play as well as the Waseda University Library. These books may also be available at English-language bookstores in Tokyo like Kinokuniya and Maruzen.
You can choose any edition/publisher for these books; however, it should be English version.
Rate Evaluation Criteria
Exam: 20% There will be one exam consisting of short essay questions
Papers: 20% There will be on short 5 page paper
Class Participation: 60% You are expected to actively participate in classroom discussions and there will also be in-class writing assignments
Note / URL Main Language: English

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