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Japanese Courses

1040 Introduction to Classical Japanese 1



This course is offered regularly during Spring Term.


This course presents an introduction to the language of Japan’s classical literary texts such as Tale of Genji and Tale of Heiki. The readings include both prose and poetry. The class begins with the complete text of Hojoki (An Account of My Hut, 1212), and moves on to other selections from the classical period as time permits. Literary and linguistic techniques are discussed, and the relationship to expressions in the modern language is analyzed. Reference materials dealing with classical Japanese language and literature are introduced.


Completion of Japanese 0001 or equivalent.

Recitation: none

Class Size: 10