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Japanese (JAPNS)

JAPNS 450 (IL) Introduction to Classical Japanese (3) Basic patterns and structures of Classical Japanese from its development in the 6th century through usage in the 20th century.

JAPNS 450 Introduction to Classical Japanese (3)
(IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course is an introduction to the basic grammar and stylistic idiosyncrasies of classical Japanese (bungo). Students will be guided through an examination of key syntactical structures and will be asked to apply their knowledge in order to read, translate, and discuss various texts from the classical, medieval, and early modern periods. In addition to gaining familiarity with standard reference materials (such as dictionaries of classical Japanese), students will also gain a working knowledge of the styles and themes of major works of pre-modern Japanese literature. Successful completion of this course will give students the fundamental skills necessary to read texts composed prior to the 1900’s and to engage in research in the field of pre-modern Japanese studies. With this training and knowledge concerning the development of the Japanese language, students will increase their proficiency in modern Japanese and their overall knowledge of Japanese culture and literature.
Prior study of modern Japanese is required (with proficiency equivalent to successful performance in JAPSN 402).
The purpose of the course is to make bungo (“literary Japanese) accessible to as many students as possible. Classical Japanese first appeared in the 6th and 7th centuries and was used to write a wide variety of texts up until the mid-20th century. Knowledge of it is very useful to anyone interested in studying Japanese history, literature, philosophy, politics, art, or culture. The course offers a systematic introduction to the grammar of Classical Japanese, while also presenting Classical Japanese and Modern Japanese as part of a linguistic and cultural continuum.


General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: JAPNS 402 or equivalent

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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