JPN (Japanese)

JPN 101, JPN 102  Elementary Japanese I, II  (4 hours each)

This is a one-year course sequence in beginning Japanese aimed at developing basic skills in speaking, reading, writing and aural comprehension. The kana and kanji writing systems are introduced. Prerequisite: None for JPN 101; JPN 101 or placement by testing (Sec. 6.4.4.) for JPN 102.

JPN 200  Independent Study in Japanese  (1-4 hours)

This course will be conducted as supervised research on a selected topic. Prerequisites: Submission of an application which contains a proposed, detailed outline of study approved by the instructor, the division chair, the student’s advisor and the provost or associate provost. The completed application must be submitted to the office of enrollment services no later than the final day of the drop/add period of the semester of study. For additional criteria, see Independent Study Policy (Sec. 6.15.).

JPN 201  Intermediate Japanese I  (4 hours)

A continuation of elementary Japanese, the first semester of the second-year sequence focuses on conversational skills and vocabulary building and extends the student’s proficiency in reading and writing. Aspects of the Japanese culture and society are also explored. Prerequisite: JPN 102 or permission of the instructor.

JPN 202  Intermediate Japanese II  (4 hours)

This course consolidates and integrates the student’s knowledge of basic grammatical patterns and introduces advanced grammatical structures. Further practice in reading and writing prepares the student to pursue further study in areas related to his or her major. Audio-visual materials are used more extensively to supplement the main text. Prerequisite: JPN 201 or permission of the instructor.

JPN 250  Princes, Hermits and Courtesans: Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation  (4 hours)

This course is a survey of Japanese literature from the classical, medieval and early modern periods. Students will read and analyze selections from poetry, court diaries, historical epics, vernacular literature and early modern drama. Background on the social, aesthetic and religious foundations of Japanese literature will be presented. The importance of women’s writing will be addressed, as will the interplay between “high” and “low” forms of literature. Readings will include selections from The Tale of Genji, The Tale of the Heike, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, The Life of an Amorous Woman and The Tale of the Forty-seven Samurai.  All readings will be in English. Prerequisite: COR 102.

JPN 251  Identity and Nation in Modern Japanese Literature  (4 hours)

Identity and nation will be investigated through readings in modern fiction from the late nineteenth century to the present.  Thematic units will focus on the influence of European notions of literature, gender and sexuality, writers and the war, and identity in the post-bubble era. Readings will include works by Mori Ogai, Higuchi Ichiyo, Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, Mishima Yukio, and Murakami Haruki.  Class discussions will be supplemented by lectures on history and culture.  All readings are in English translation.

JPN 290, JPN 291  Special Topics in Japanese Language, Literature and Culture I, II  (4 hours each)

Topical aspects of the literature and cultural phenomena associated with the Japanese language are explored through readings in English in this course. Prerequisite: See individual course listing in the current semester course schedule.

JPN 400  Advanced Independent Study in Japanese  (1-4 hours)

Supervised research on a selected topic. Prerequisite: Submission of a proposed outline of study that includes a schedule of meetings and assignments approved by the instructor, the division chair and the provost or associate provost. The completed application must be submitted to the office of enrollment services no later than the final day of the drop/add period of the semester of study. For additional criteria, see Independent Study Policy (Sec. 6.15.).

JPN 490, JPN 491  Advanced Special Topics in Japanese Language, Literature and Culture I, II  (4 hours each)

Advanced courses of selected topics will be offered generally for juniors or seniors as determined by the needs of the curriculum. Prerequisite: See individual course listing in the current semester course schedule.