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, Taishô aestheticism, proletarian literature, postwar and post-recession crises of cultural identity, cell phone novels. Works by Natsume Sôseki, Hayashi Fumiko, Tanizaki Jun'ichirô, Oe Kenzaburo, and Tsushima Yûko.
  • 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. Also offered as CAS CAS LC 260, CAS LK 260, CAS LN 260, and CAS XL 260.
  • CAS LJ 282: The Samurai in Myth and History
    Explores how samurai, Japan's (in)famous warrior class, defined themselves, and how others have portrayed them in literature, art, plays, film, and animation from ancient times to the present. Investigates why samurai ideals have become the most widely recognized Japanese "tradition." Also offered as CAS HI 370.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 304.
    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 Kyôiku Kanji and recognize an additional 939 Jôyô 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 441: Japanese Press
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 303.
    Development of skills in formal Japanese through reading of periodicals. Emphasis on formats, styles, and idioms used in journalism. Vocabulary building. Television news programs and documentaries viewed for improvment of aural comprehension. Assignments geared to individual needs and interests.
  • CAS LJ 445: Readings in Japanese Civilization
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 303; , placement test results, or consent of instructor.
    Uses the Japanese language to learn about history, society, art, politics, and current issues from Japanese perspectives. Critical engagement with topics in Japanese culture through multiple forms of communication, including reading, writing, discussion, and video. Conducted in Japanese.