EAJ410

READINGS IN MODERN JAPANESE LITERATURE

'08, 火・木,   2:45 - 4:05

Business Administration 224

 

教授: Susanna Fessler, Associate Professor                             研究室: Humanities 243

オッフィス・アワー: 火・木 1:30-2:30                              電話: 442-4119

Eメール: fessler@albany.edu                                                   Fax: 442-4118

 

授業(じゅぎょう)内容(ないよう):

            This is an advanced Japanese language course in which students will read and parse selected passages from major works of modern Japanese literature, including works by Natsume Sōseki 夏目漱石, Tanizaki Jun’ichirō 谷崎潤一郎, Kawabata Yasunari 川端康成, and Mishima Yukio 三島由紀夫.  Emphasis will be placed on improving both students' linguistic capabilities and their understanding of modern Japanese fiction.  Class will be conducted primarily in Japanese.  All readings will be in Japanese.  Questions may be asked in English or Japanese at any time, but you are encouraged to try to use Japanese first, and English only as a last resort.

            One of the main goals of this course is to help students become independent of structured textbooks and teach them how to launch out into the world of Japanese on their own.  This means that emphasis will be placed on learning how to look up kanji, becoming familiar with important reference texts, and "doping out" difficult constructions.  This is the last chance students will have to work on these skills in a structured environment--higher education does not offer "5th year Japanese."  With this in mind, it is the instructor's goal to provide students with the Japanese survival skills they need before leaving SUNY.

            In the course of the semester we will be reading works written in “complex” kanji (not simplified) and the old orthography of Japan, plus, if we have time, some unconventional texts to keep your mind limber. We will not be learning classical Japanese grammar, or kanbun 漢文.

 

Prerequisites: Students should have taken EAJ302 or have similar linguistic experience (study abroad in Japan, etc.) before taking this course.

 

必要(ひつよう)教科書(きょうかしょ):

·        You will need a GOOD dictionary, not Kanji and Kana or anything else designed for beginners. I don’t care which one you use, but choose one with which you feel comfortable. If you have taken EAS205, then you know what I mean.  If you have not taken EAS205, please see http://www.albany.edu/eas/205/japanese%20dictionaries.pdf                      

·        The text we will use is part of Roy Andrew Miller’s A Japanese Reader, which comes in and out of print.  I have provided the lessons on the ERes site for this course, and I also encourage you, if you like, to find a cheaper copy of A Japanese Reader on the internet (through Amazon.com or Ebay). Whichever source you choose, it is required that you bring the lesson for each day to class.

·        Vocabulary lists, that is, lists of vocabulary for which are you responsible on each quiz, are also available on ERes.

 


Testing & Grading:

·        Attendance will be taken regularly; students are expected to attend class unless extenuating circumstances prevent it.  Students are also expected to be active participants in this class, and to come to class prepared.    Attendance is calculated by assigning a value of 1 to each day a student attends (or has an excused absence) and a value of 0 to each day a student is absent. There are no allowed absences before a penalty is applied. At the end of the semester, the student’s sum is divided by the number of days that class met.

·        Quizzes will be on the vocabulary and grammar covered in the recent lesson.  The instructor will provide a sample quiz before the first quiz so that students can see the format, length, etc.

·        The examinations will cover translation of passages from the readings, plus vocabulary sections that ask for the reading of kanji and or the kanji themselves (in context).

 

This course is A-E graded. Undergraduate regulations prohibit taking an upper-level course as an S/U graded course.

                                   

Attendance

20%

Quizzes

25%

Mid-term

25%

Final

30%

 

This syllabus is a contract.  The instructor agrees to teach the topics listed below, and to grade you on the criteria listed above.  The instructor considers a grade of "Incomplete" to be for emergencies (death in the family, extreme illness, etc.), not for students who fail to plan ahead.  The instructor does not curve grades or give extra credit assignments.  The grading scale is as follows: 93-100%=A; 90-92%=A-; 87-89%=B+; 83-86%=B; 80-82%=B-; 77-79%=C+; 73-76%=C; 70-72%=C-; 67-69%=D+; 63-66%=D; 60-62%=D-; 0-59%=E.

 

 If you want to check on your performance at any point in the semester, feel free to come to office hours and we'll run through the numbers.  If there are extenuating circumstances that you anticipate will unduly affect your grade, it is your responsibility to speak with the instructor IN ADVANCE.

 

Schedule

            Because the speed at which we work through the text is dependent on the students’ abilities, it is extremely difficult to predict. For each day, I ask that you prepare the appropriate lesson, which means reading the material, looking up unfamiliar terms and readings, and preparing any questions you have about the grammar. We will have a short quiz at the end of every lesson (Note: there are about ten lessons this semester). In the event that the lesson is finished without enough time to take the quiz, then we’ll do the quiz at the beginning of the next class.

            Because I cannot predict exactly what material will be covered each specific day, it is very important that you contact me or a classmate about what you’ve missed and what you should prepare if you are absent on any given day.

            We will read Miller’s Lesson 38, then proceed to Lessons 48-59. If there is time at the end of the semester, we will read further lessons chosen by the instructor. The midterm exam will be given on October . The final exam will be on December 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in accordance with university scheduling (see below).


 

FALL 2008 FINAL EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

 

FALL 2008 Final Examinations begin on Wednesday, December 10th and end on Wednesday, December 17th .   Eight Week Two (8W2) and semester course examination day and time assignments may be found in the charts below.  Examinations are scheduled in the same room the class meets in except for departmental examinations and special assignments requested by the instructor of the class, (assignments to be announced in class).

Classes meeting four or five days a week must use examination schedule for MWF class meetings.  Classes meeting Monday and Wednesday only or Wednesday and Friday only use the examination schedule for MWF meetings, unless otherwise designated.

Final Examinations for courses meeting "off campus" should be held during the last class meeting. 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENTAL EXAMINATIONS (Examination days, times and rooms to be announced in November)

 

 

Wed, Dec 10

8:00am-10:00am

Thur, Dec 11

1:00pm-3:00pm

Mon, Dec 15

8:00am-10:00am

 

Wed, Dec 10

1:00pm-3:00pm

Fri, Dec 12

8:00am-10:00am

Mon, Dec 15

1:00pm-3:00pm

 

Thur, Dec 11

8:00am-10:00am

Fri, Dec 12

1:00pm-3:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                   

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Afternoon Classes

 

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MWF

8:15am

Thursday, Dec 11

3:30pm-5:30pm

MWF

12:35pm

Tuesday, Dec 16

3:30pm-5:30pm

TTH

8:45am

Wednesday, Dec 17

10:30am – 12:30pm

TTH

1:15pm

Friday, Dec 12

10:30am – 12:30pm

MWF

9:20am

Tuesday, Dec 16

8:00am-10:00am

MWF

1:40pm

Wednesday, Dec 10

10:30am-12:30pm

TTH

10:15am

Wednesday, Dec 17

8:00am – 10:00am

TTH

2:45pm

Monday, Dec 15

10:30am – 12:30pm

MWF

10:25am

Tuesday, Dec 16

10:30am-12:30pm

MW

2:45pm

Wednesday, Dec 10

3:30pm-5:30pm

TTH

11:45am

Tuesday, Dec 16

1:00pm-3:00pm

TTH

4:15pm

Wednesday, Dec 17

1:00pm – 3:00pm

MWF

11:30am

Friday, Dec 12

3:30pm – 5:30pm

MW

4:15pm

Thursday, Dec 11

10:30am-12:30pm