IMAP Department of Philosophy

(Credit 2)
Intended Year: Students of the IMAP in Japanese Humanities; non-IMAP students may join but should contact the course instructor alazarus[at]
Intended School:
Topics in Japanese Literature I
Topics in Japanese Literature I
Sub Title  Introduction to Kobun
Assistant Professor Ashton LAZARUS
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2019 SpringTerm
weekly Mon3
Ito B-106 Classroom
E科目 (English, 日本語)
Course Overview This course introduces students to the premodern languages of Japan, including bungo (literary Japanese) and kanbun (literary Sinitic). The majority of the course consists of a systematic study of bungo grammar, facilitated by drills and the reading and translation of primary text excerpts. We will also learn the rudiments of kanbun and kundoku (reading by gloss) and there will be at least one unit on reading kuzushiji (cursive script) and hentaigana (non-standard kana characters). In addition to regular drills, homework, and tests, students will be required to complete a translation project at the end of the term to demonstrate proficiency.
Keywords : kobun, bungo, kanbun, kuzushiji, hentaigana
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Course Plan Textbooks : Readings will be distributed by the instructor.
Reference Books : Reference books related to kobun are available in the IMAP Seminar Room.
Course Handouts : Handouts and supplementary materials will be uploaded to the course Dropbox.

Tentative Weekly Schedules Lecture Exercise, Field trip etc. Comments, suggestions for the course preparation, review, etc.
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Course Objectives
かなり優れている 優れている 及第である 一層の努力が必要
MP_B1-a [一次資料の読解]
Students will learn strategies for reading, understanding, and interpreting premodern literary texts.
Excellent Good Pass Deficient
MP_B2-c [問題解決能力]
Students will develop their problem-solving skills through regular language drills.
Excellent Good Pass Deficient
Literary translation
Students will strengthen their ability to translate from classical Japanese into contemporary English.
Excellent Good Pass Deficient
GPA Evaluation
授業を通じて、総じて「かなり優れている」に相当する活動を行った。 授業を通じて、概ね「優れている」を超える活動を行った。 授業を通じて、「及第する」に相当する活動を行った。 授業を通じて、総じて「及第する」には達しないものの、それに近い活動を行った。 授業を通じて、「一層の努力が必要」の活動にとどまった。
Evaluation Method

Literary translation
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In-class contribution
Class tests

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: 2019/3/18 (02:34)