Course Content and Outcome Guide for ENG 209
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- ENG 209
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- World Literature-Asian (Japan)
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Course DescriptionIntroduces a range of Japanese texts and films in order to explore the artistic, social, political, and historical characteristics of Japanese literature from the earliest poems to contemporary novels. Explores movements in literary and artistic traditions from multiple periods (e.g., Heian, Meiji) and analyzes how texts emphasize or resist the values of each historical moment. Considers issues of social class, religion, and aesthetics as they apply to creative works. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Intended Outcomes for the course
1. Read Japanese literature and discuss the aesthetics of its periods (e.g. Heian,Muromachi, Edo, etc).
2. Speak to the limitations of translation into English, particularly the fundamental challenge of language embedded value systems.
3. Read Japanese literature with a knowledge of important religious concepts and historical events (e.g.. Shintoism, Buddhism, the policy of isolationism, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, westernization,etc).
4. Write literary analysis that demonstrates an awareness of the different style of thought available in the literature of Japan.
5. Identify works of literature from classical Japanese writers and trace the continuation of their legacy in contemporary texts.
Course Activities and Design
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment tools may include informal responses to study questions; evaluation of small- and full-group discussion; in-class writing; journals; formal essays; presentations by individuals and groups; and short and long essay exams. Both instructor and peer evaluation may be incorporated in the assessment process.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Competencies and Skills
· understanding literary texts through contexts such as society, politics,artistic conventions, multiple interpretations of an author, etc.
· writing about literature
· close readings
· critical reading employing reviews and critical essays
· comparison and contrast of Japanese literary history with other western and non-western traditions
· speaking and listening reflectively
· small-group collaboration