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Asian Languages and Literatures, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Courses

Graduate Courses

*We offer beginning and intermediate level Korean Language courses as well. Find out the descriptions and schedule of Korean courses. When using SPIRE, please select "Asian Studies" as a Course Subject, in order to look up Korean courses.

Chinese

CHINESE 526           READINGS IN MODERN CHINESE LITERATURE I

Critical reading and appreciation of selections from modern Chinese literary works of various genres, including short stories, novels, plays and poems. Reading and discussion in Chinese. Prerequisites are Chinese 426 and Chinese 427.

CHINESE 528           CHINESE LANGUAGE IN CONTEXTS

For upper division and graduate students. (Lower division students can enroll in the companion course Chinese 375). Explores aspects of Chinese language as studies in traditional Chinese linguistics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and Chinese dialectology. Topics include historical sources, traditional divisions, formation of the standard dialect (Mandarin), social variations and geographical distributions. Prerequisites are Chinese 375 and Chinese 427.

CHINESE 570           RESEARCH IN CHINESE SOURCE MATERIALS

An introduction to the practice Sinology, this course will feature discussion of Sinology as an intellectual and academic discipline in the larger field of the humanities, while introducing the resources required for research in Chinese source materials, including dictionaries, concordances, and other bibliographic tools.

CHINESE 575           SYNTACTIC STRUCTURES OF CHINESE

The general nature of Chinese syntax: Mandarin in particular. Analysis of major syntactic constructions of Mandarin. Issues in Chinese linguistics. Topics include morphemes, words, compounds, phrases, sentence structures found in the various source materials, and various syntactic errors made by learners of Chinese language. Prerequisites: 2 years of Mandarin or Cantonese and Chinese 375 or permission of the instructor.

CHINESE 577           CHINESE DIALECTOLOGY

Develops the ability to use source materials in Chinese linguistics. An historical survey of the nature and developments of Chinese grammatical and phonological students in three stages: Archaic, Ancient and Modern. Prerequisite: Chinese 375 or permission of the instructor.

CHINESE 581           TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGE                

Introduction to the theory and research related to Chinese and other foreign language teaching methods with emphasis on their application to Chinese teaching. Other topics include language pedagogy, lesson planning, teaching techniques, materials development, and testing and teacher development.

CHINESE 592S         PRE-PRACTICUM

Consult instructor for details. For graduate students working towards certification only.

CHINESE 597E        STUDENT TEACHER MID&HIGH SCHOOL

Graduate students working toward teaching certification only.

CHINESE 597K        Buddhist and Taoist Literature

In this course we will read some of the greatest literature in the Chinese tradition, Buddhist and Taoist literature, much of which has spread throughout Korea and Japan, and has become increasingly recognized as profound contributions to the history of world literature. First we will explore the classics of the Taoist tradition, philosophers such as Laozi老子, Zhuangzi莊子, and Liezi列子, poets such as Tao Qian陶潛 and Li Bai李白, and the eccentric Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove竹林七賢. Then, we will turn to the classics of Buddhist literature. We will start with passages from crucial sutras (sacred and philosophical writings that convey the teachings of the Buddha) – the Heart Sutra心經, the Lotus Sutra蓮花經, and the Chan/Zen禪宗 Platform Sutra六祖壇經, and the teachings of Linji/Rinzai臨済 – and move on to poets such as Xie Lingyun謝靈運, Wang Wei王維 and Hanshan/Kanzan寒山 (Cold Mountain). The prerequisite for this course is Chinese 450 Elementary Classical Chinese or the equivalent. *This course may be taken as the second semester of pre-modern Chinese required for the Chinese Major.

CHINESE 597M       MING-QING NOVEL I                  

This course introduces the major works of traditional Chinese fiction, including Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Water Margin, and Dream of the Red Chamber. We will engage in close readings of these great novels, while paying attention to issues such as the representation of history, gender relations, changes in conceptions of desire, religious and philosophical beliefs, and the characterization of heroes and anti‐heroes, among others.

CHINESE 597P        Traditional Chinese Drama and Performing Arts

This course introduces the major aspects of Chinese theater from its origins in early Chinese history to the present. Through a survey of traditional opera and storytelling, this course aims to explore both the artistic values intrinsic to the Chinese theatrical tradition and the social values or forces related to this tradition. 3 credits.

CHINESE 597Q        Ming-Qing Novel II

This course focuses on a masterpiece of traditional Chinese fiction written in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911)—The Dream of the Red Chamber (Honglou meng; also known as The Story of the Stone) by Cao Xueqin (ca.1715-1763). We will engage in close reading of the first eighty chapters of this vernacular novel, while paying attention to issues such as the characterization of heroes and heroines, religious and philosophical beliefs, and the portrayal of gender relations, among others. In order to explore the complexity and richness of this novel, we will also discuss the major social and cultural developments during this period.

CHINESE 660           PROBLEMS AND METHODS IN TRANSLATION

Training in the translation of Chinese literature and introduction to translation theory and practice. Selections from various literary genres, including classical poetry, modern Chinese fiction and ethnic minority folktales. Introduction to theory and practice of major English translations of Chinese. Familiarization with appropriate tools. Discussion of specific problems in Chinese‐English translation. Emphasis varies according to individual needs and interests. Prerequisite is Chinese 427 (Advanced Modern Chinese II).

CHINESE 691A        GRADUATE SEMINAR

Topic determined by the fields and interests of the students enrolled in the course. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

 
 
 
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Japanese

JAPANESE 532                    MEDIA JAPANESE I        
The course is designed to improve reading and listening comprehension through the use of authentic materials inJapanese media including blogs, newspapers (print and web), television news and magazine programs, and movies reflecting life and thought in contemporary Japan. In particular we will concentrate on journalistic or newspaper Japanese, paying attention to stylistic habits and conventions of the genre. Prerequisite: Japanese 497C, or equivalent. Students returning from study abroad should contact the instructor.

JAPANESE 536        ADVANCED MODERN JAPANESE I   
Conducted entirely in Japanese. This course is designed to help students reach the level of Japanese where they can use it to have constructive interactions with Japanese people as it prompts them to look back at their college life and to prepare themselves for what’s to come. While all four skills will be strengthened, the emphasis is slightly more on listening and speaking. The course uses authentic materials including web posts, recorded conversations, TV dramas, and academic articles. Prerequisite is Japanese 497D. 3 credits. *Offered in Fall only.

JAPANESE 537        ADVANCED MODERN JAPANESE II

A continuation of Japanese 532 and 536. Students will further develop skills in reading and analyzing quality Japanese texts, listening to conversations and debates, and expressing opinions clearly and logically in writing and in verbal discussions. As such, this course is designed to help students gain proficiency in academic situations. Prerequisite: Japanese 532/536. 3 credits.  *Offered in Spring only.

JAPANESE 556                    CLASSICAL JAPANESE I           
Introduction to the literary language of Japanese through the study of classical grammar and the linguistic analysis of poetry and prose. Prerequisites: Japanese497A and B. This course is open to regular and honors students. Can be taken in parallel with Japanese 597A: Manuscript Japanese.

JAPANESE 556H                 CLASSICAL JAPANESE I

Introduction to the literary language of Japanese through the study of classical grammar (bungotai 文語体) and the linguistic analysis of classical poetry and prose texts. Prerequisite: Japanese 497A or consent of the instructor. Recommended companion course: Japanese 597A (see below). This course is open to regular and honors students.

JAPANESE 557        INTRODUCTION OF CLASSICAL JAPANESE II

 Pre Requisite:  Japanese 556

Students must enroll in JAPANESE 597A.

JAPANESE 556 (or 556K ) or permission of the Instructor

JAPANESE  557H                CLASSICAL JAPANESE II

A continuation of Japanese 556H. Critical reading and appreciation of selected major classical texts (poetry and prose) in their cultural and literary context. Focus on improving grammar and dictionary skills, as well as introducing basic philological research. Prerequisite: Japanese 556H or consent of instructor. Recommended companion course: Japanese 597A (see below).This course is open to both regular and honors students.

JAPANESE 560H                 REBELS AND MARTYRS

This course is open to both regular and honors students. Seminar addresses issues of Sacrifice Rebellion, and Martyrdom in Pre-modern and Modern Japan. Analysis of primary and secondary literature as well as films on a variety of topics. Taught in English, this course meets with Japanese 499D, the capstone course for honor students.

JAPANESE 570        INTRO JAPANESE REF& BIBLOGR

JAPANESE 580                    Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language

Seminar on the theoretical and practical approaches to foreign language learning and teaching. Topics include second language acquisition theory, psycholinguistics in L2 acquisition, Japanese teaching methodology, syllabus design, lesson planning, materials development, testing and assessment, and teacher development. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

JAPANESE 591B                 SEMINAR IN MODERN JAPANESE PHILOSOPHY

This offering will focus on the development of philosophy in modern Japan.  Concentration will be on some of the major figures of the late 19th and 20th centuries and how they conceived of philosophy in contexts of war, in the ebb and flow of national sensitivities, and in relationship to the West will be major themes.  How such philosophy grappled with the questions of “Japanese-ness,” while important here, will not overshadow the fact that philosophers were at the same time trying to cope with major questions about human existence, death, justice, and the ethical dilemmas of modern society.  Reading will be from translated primary sources and from related works.  Efforts will be made to relate much of this material to contemporary social and ethical problems – thus, it is hoped, showing how the thinking of these modern Japanese may have value and importance even for students with academic and long-term interests not specifically linked to the study of Japan.

JAPANESE 591M                QUEER JAPAN IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE
For graduate students only. See Japanese 394M for a description. Enrollment is by instructor consent only.

JAPANESE 591S                  WOMEN WRITERS OF JAPAN
For graduate students only; course description as for Japanese 391S.

JAPANESE 592       PROSEMINARS GRADUATE FACULTY

Various proseminars are offered by faculty as a requirement for the Master’s degree in Japanese, sometimes in parallel with existing undergraduate courses. Enrollment is open to graduate students only.

JAPANESE 593                    HEIAN LITERARY CULTURE

In “Heian Literary Culture” we go beyond The Tale of Genji to look closely at a number of other Heian period literary works (all in English translation) that are sometimes skimmed over in survey courses. We also ground our view of this literature in the culture and history of the period, looking at recent scholarly studies for secondary readings. It is strongly recommended that students have a general knowledge of the Heian period before they register for this course. Please contact the instructor for a suggested reading list.

JAPANESE 593B                 INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE LINGUISTICS

Introduction to the nature of Japanese phonology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. Following a brief survey of basic linguistic concepts, the course focuses on the structure of modern Japanese, comparative linguistics, Japanese language acquisition, and controversial issues in Japanese linguistics.

JAPANESE 597A                 MANUSCRIPT JAPANESE         
A repeatable 1-credit course that may be taken in conjunction with both Japanese 556H and Japanese 557H. Designed as a critical supplement to the study of bungotai, this course introduces the script forms and orthography that most Japanese texts—whether manuscript, woodblock printed or moveable type—used prior to the twentieth century. Students will become familiar with the basic elements of that script system, from derivation and method to deciphering letters (fall semester) and reading complete texts (spring semester). Prerequisite: enrolment in/completion of J556 or knowledge of classical grammar.

JAPANESE 597C                 PROBLEMS AND METHODS IN TRANSLATION

Advanced training in practical techniques associated with the translation of modern Japanese; familiarization with appropriate glossaries, dictionaries, and other translator’s tools. Discussion of specific problems in Japanese-English translation and practice with a variety of prose styles used in journalistic, political, commercial, literary and other forms of modern writing. For undergraduate students only.

JAPANESE 660                    PROBLEMS AND METHODS IN TRANSLATION

Advanced training in practical techniques associated with the translation of modern Japanese; familiarization with appropriate glossaries, dictionaries, and other translator’s tools. Discussion of specific problems in Japanese-English translation and practice with a variety of prose styles used in journalistic, political, commercial, literary and other forms of modern writing.  For graduate students only.

JAPANESE 691A                 GRADUATE SEMINAR   
For first-year graduate students only. Discussion of major texts and themes in Japanese literary studies.

JAPANESE 697A                 READINGS IN JAPANESE THEORY AND METHOD

Consult Professor Miller for more information.   For graduate students only.

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