: August 21 - December 4, 2007
14, 4:00 - 6:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday (TR), 3:30-4:45pm
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: JAPN 305-306 or the equivalent
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of Asian Studies
305 New West
Office hours: T
11:00-noon & W 2-3pm & by appt
I often stay after class to talk with
students but feel free to come to my office hours or make an
is this course about?
considers Japanese experiments with the idea of the modern, especially
as the modan evoked new ideas about gender roles, the urban
the power of the state, and personal identity. Since this
an advanced Japanese language course, our main project is learning how
read, discuss in Japanese, and translate into English, Japanese primary
will introduce students to a variety of sources written between the end
Russo-Japanese in 1905 through the 1930s, but concentrate on the short
stories of 1968 Nobel Laureate Kawabata Yasunari. We will also view and
discuss Japanese films produced in the 1930s--silent films and talkies.
The class will be taught in
Japanese. Also, students will have three tutorial sessions in
meeting in my office with three classmates to discuss two famous
novels in translation and one new history text.
research do the students do?
|The class meets
twice a week and requires reading and translation homework
students. It's homework intensive. This emphasis on reading
and time spent reading reflects your stage of Japanese language study.
You might find it
to do this reading with a classmate to make your homework easier and
fun. Listen over and over to the recordings of our readings on the
class BlackBoard site. Not only will this improve your kanji and vocab.
recognition, but it will give you a new appreciation for the sense of
Remember that you will be doing all this over the course of three
and that you will have lots of help along the way. Students often
find this material pretty difficult in the first month of class but
pick up speed in reading in the second half of the class.
Students in the
felt proud of all they had accomplished by the end of the course.
Who is the instructor?
am a graduate of UC Davis (Dramatic Art) and UCLA (East Asian Languages
and Cultures) and have been a Tar Heel since 1994, teaching in the
of Asian Studies. This class relates to my dissertation research and
book which examine the Seitô-sha (Bluestocking Society) and the
Women of Taishô Japan. I enjoyed doing the translations for
both these projects and I look forward to working with students in this
course as you learn about translating, too. I first read the
Kawabata stories we're working with this semester when I was a graduate
student taking my first literature-in-Japanese from Professor Robert
Epp, a master teacher and translator. I've enjoyed reading them
since with new groups of students, always amazed at how many different
interpretations of these stories emerge in each discussion.
days you can find me in my office, 305 New West.
You are welcome to drop in anytime I'm free though it is best to make
appointment for longer consultations. I also will be in the classroon
after the seminar and would enjoy talking with you then, too,
or just helping you read Japanese.
How could this course be
- You will gain experience in reading diverse sources in
Japanese and in
dictionaries to help you do this.
- You will
begin to develop your own philosophy about how to translate
- You will
learn how to talk about literature and history in Japanese
our class discussions.
- You will
continue to expand the number of kanji and grammar patterns that you
- This course
offers an excellent introduction to college-level research skills
- I also
encourage you to participate in the Japanese
language lunch table.
What books should I buy?
| All books
are available now in the textbook section of the UNC-CH bookstore under
JAPN409. You need to have your own copy of each of these
in these editions. These texts complement our readings in
Japanese of shorter documents.
I Am A Cat,
a novel by Natsume Sôseki.
Prefer Nettles, a novel by Tanizaki Jun'ichirô.
Japanese New Women, a brand new history text by Gettysburg College
professor, Dr. Dina Lowy.
Books: Sei'ichi Makino and Michio Tsutsui's A Dictionary of
Japanese Grammar and A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese
I assume you all have copies of The New Nelson Japanese-English
Dictionary: Based on the Classic Edition by Andrew N. Nelson.
What else do I need to
| Reserve copies of the readings will be
available at the Circulation Desk of the Undergraduate Library, but it
is far better to have your own copies. Most Japanese readings will be
available on the course BB site. All
and when to read--are posted on the course schedule.
classroom is a "Japanese speaking zone."
If you need to use English at all, do so outside the classroom or at
in the class session designated as "English q & a." We are
fortunate to have a volunteer conversation coach: Ms. Chiko
Akiyama will be doing the readings and attending class to help lead
discussion sessions. She will speak with you only in Japanese.
- Be on time
If there is any reason you need to leave the class early, inform the
- Turn off
you enter the classroom. Turn off your laptop before class begins.
should be word-processed
in Japanese. All English written work must be typed. All
must be handed in during class on the due date. Printing glitches,
crashes occur--save time for the unexpected.
- No work
be turned in
via email unless the instructor requests you to do so.
- When sending
e-mail to the instructor,
put your name in the subject line. This helps ensure that your
will be read and answered promptly.
- Doing your
with a classmate or two is an efficient and effective way to study for
How do I contribute to
class and how will I be graded?
have a vital role to play in determining the success of this course. Be
prompt. Come prepared with day's assignment. Be ready to work.
is allowed one absence. This covers illness, family
and any other event that might unexpectedly come up, and any other
time you need to take. Please notify the instructor by phone or
if you cannot attend class. Unless there is a medical emergency, two or
more absences will count against your grade. I
- To get
attendance credit, you must be present during the entire class
student must attend two campus events this semester related to
Studies, These can include lectures, performances, and
about upcoming events can be made in class. Check fliers
on campus, too. One of these event visits must be completed before Fall
Break. A one-page summary of the first event and reaction to it,
Japanese, should be handed at the first midterm; reaction to the second
event at the second midterm.
consecutive unexcused absences without any consultation with the
instructor constitutes an automatic F in the course
and would disqualify the student from further seminar attendance.
let the instructor know if anything comes up in your personal life that
makes your college work overwhelming. There are lots of sources
help at UNC-CH and I can aid you in finding them.
- To get an "excellent" in participation means that you have
prepared the day's reading assignment and listened to the Japanese
tapes. You should be able to read the Japanese assignment aloud
at a natural speed (as in the tape).
3 x 10= 30%
take about one hour, comprise a small group of three or four students
and the instructor, and are scheduled three times in the semester
outside of the regularly scheduled class times.Your
will be graded upon your active participation in the discussion and on
the tutorial essay.
generally like the tutorial format. It's useful to read novels in
translation and history relevant to the time period we're talking
about. Speaking in English allows us to approach the topic in
- Each student writes a short essay in English (3 pages,
double-spaced) on the reading we discuss. The essay topic is given out
one week before the tutorial.
2 x 10=20%
- Exams serve
in pushing us to organize material. In the process of doing this, we
new ideas about the topic. You will be given study guidelines
one week before each exam.
- These exams
are entirely in Japanese and test such knowledge as kanji recoginition,
historical and literary information that has been presented in
class. See schedule for dates.
- You will
design your own research and translation project. The resulting
English paper should be about 15 pages of translation and analysis,
with footnotes; kanji notes; and a copy of the Japanese original.
- You will
choose one Japanese document (essay, short story, book chapter) or a
series of newspaper articles or excerpts from articles to translate
into English. The document needs to have been published between
1905 and 1930.
- How will you
find the topic? One idea: Look at the Japan Times in English on
microfiche in Davis Library. What looks like an interesting news
story to pursue in Japanese? Then, go to the East Collection at
Duke Library and search for articles in Japanese newspapers related to
the same story. Another idea is to talk with Jan Bardsley about
what topics you're interested in; we can discuss possible ways to look
for short documents in Japanese that would fit that interest. For
example, let's say you're interested in the controversy in the early
1910s related to geisha dancing at the enthronement ceremonies of the
Emperor Taisho. First, find essays in the Japan Times, look for others in a
Japanese language newspaper such as the Asahi shinbun; in the process, you
may find a book or story that looks intriguing and worth obtaining
through inter-library loan. You will work with Jan Bardsley to
your topic and identify the document(s) you'll translate. We can choose
the documents and topic in a way that matches your interests and your
Japanese reading skills.
- We'll put
abstracts (short summaries) of everyone's research on the class website.
that all members of this class pledge to uphold the honor code of the
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in all work completed for this course.
- At the final
exam, you'd each turn in a 5-page paper on "The Gender Trouble of
Modernity." This paper would draw on characters in Some Prefer Nettles and also from
two of the Kawabata stories. You could focus on the men's love lives,
the aloof modern girls, the interest in the psychology of love--that'd
be up to you. You'd quote from Nettles
and would need to translate your quotes from the stories.
December 14th, 4:00pm. To
comply with University policy, final
papers must only be turned in at this time and place