Japanese: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LJ 111: First-Semester Japanese
    Introduction to spoken and written Japanese and to fundamentals of Japanese grammar with oral drills and written exercises.
  • CAS LJ 112: Second-Semester Japanese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 111.
    Introduction to spoken and written Japanese and to fundamentals of Japanese grammar with oral drills and written exercises.
  • CAS LJ 211: Third-Semester Japanese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 112; or equivalent.
    Elaboration and refinement of the fundamental skills introduced in CAS LJ 111, 112 with an introduction to reading and composition.
  • CAS LJ 212: Fourth-Semester Japanese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 211; or equivalent.
    Elaboration and refinement of the fundamental skills introduced in CAS LJ 111, 112 with an introduction to reading and composition. Satisfactory completion of CAS LJ 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement.
  • CAS LJ 250: Masterpieces of Japanese Literature (in English translation)
    An introduction to Japanese literary history. Topics include mythic beginnings, conceptions of nature and death, flowering of a court aesthetic, the writer as hermit-sage, the Tokugawa stage and its love suicides. Use of literary and visual materials. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LJ 251: Modern Japanese Literature (in English translation)
    Introduction to modern Japanese literature. Naturalism and its critics, rise of the I-novel, Taisho aestheticism, proletarian literature, postwar and post-recession crises of cultural identity, cell phone novels. Works by Natsume Soseki, Hayashi Fumiko, Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Oe Kenzaburo, and Tsushima Yuko.
  • CAS LJ 260: Gateway to Asian Cultures
    Panoramic introduction to the cultures of East and South Asia in comparative perspective (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, India). Examines shared foundations, transformative inflection points, sites, peoples, and ideologies over the past two millennia through primary texts and media. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS CAS LC 260, CAS LK 260, CAS LN 260, and CAS XL 260.
  • CAS LJ 283: Modern Japanese Culture in Cinema (in English translation)
    Major modern Japanese films are interpreted in the light of Japanese culture. Film scripts and the important literary sources are read in English; films are shown with subtitles. Also Offered as CAS CI 260.
  • CAS LJ 303: Third-Year Modern Japanese I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 212.
    Reading modern texts. Development of writing and speaking skills. Regular compositions required. Readings from newspapers and journals on contemporary social, political, economic, and cultural topics. Second semester (LJ 304): selections from fiction and nonfiction.
  • CAS LJ 304: Third-Year Modern Japanese II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 303.
    Reading modern texts. Development of writing and speaking skills. Regular compositions required. Selections from fiction and nonfiction.
  • CAS LJ 314: Classical Chinese I for Students of East Asia
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 212 or CAS LC 112; or advanced Korean with consent of instructor.
    Introductory readings in Classical Chinese for students of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Learn the shared literary language of premodern East Asia and read masterpieces of East Asian philosophy, history, poetry, and fiction in the original. Also offered as CAS LC 314 and LK 314.
  • CAS LJ 316: Classical Japanese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 212; or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to Classical Japanese, Japan's written language from the seventh until the twentieth century. Systematic study of grammar and lexicon enriched by original readings from major works of Japanese literature such as Man'yōshū, Pillow Book, Genji, and Heike monogatari, Hōjōki.
  • CAS LJ 320: Conversational Japanese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 212; or consent of instructor.
    Advanced training to increase fluency in spoken Japanese with an emphasis on different levels of politeness in speech and cultural awareness. Role playing; vocabulary and expression building; and aural comprehension. Concurrent enrollment in a four-skills language course is encouraged.
  • CAS LJ 350: Readings in Modern Japanese Fiction
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 303.
    Readings in modern fiction and essays, from Akutagawa to Murakami, to deepen knowledge of Japanese language and encounter Japanese literature in its contemporary context. Readings and discussions in Japanese.
  • CAS LJ 385: Intensive Kanji
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 211; or more than 300 Kanji.
    Supplements vocabulary and idiom for students beyond third-semester Japanese. Students learn to read and write the 1006 Kyoiku Kanji and recognize an additional 939 Joyo Kanji in everyday Japanese. Concurrent enrollment in a four-skills language course encouraged.
  • CAS LJ 386: Japanese Translation/Interpretation Workshop
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 212; , or CASLJ211 and consent of instructor.
    To enhance students' knowledge of Japanese by developing practical skills of translating and interpreting. Students practice translating many types of texts, using various dictionaries and internet sources, and interpreting in different situations.
  • CAS LJ 401: Sr Indep Work
  • CAS LJ 402: Sr Indep Work
  • CAS LJ 410: The History of the Japanese Language
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 211; or consent of instructor.
    Overview of major issues in the history of Japanese: genetic relationsips, changes in sound system, word and sentence structures, and pragmatics. Special attention to the process leading to the current writing system. Representative texts used to demonstrate different literary languages.
  • CAS LJ 441: Japanese through Media
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 303.
    Analysis and discussion of authentic print, digital, visual, and social media while developing a high level of Japanese proficiency, and gaining knowledge of current issues and media literacy. Develops critical reading/viewing skills as well as communicative and intercultural proficiency.