EAST ASIAN STUDIES 104L (Course No. 32345)
SOURCES OF EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATIONS II
Fall 2009
T TH 8:45 a.m.-10:05 a.m., Humanities 137

Instructor: Susanna Fessler
Office: Humanities 243
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 1:30-2:30 and by appointment
Phone: 518-442-4119
e-mail: fessler@albany.edu
Course Website: https://www.albany.edu/eas/104/

Course Description:
This is a basic introduction to the primary texts that have contributed to the formative cultural foundations of Korean and Japanese civilizations. The first text will be a Korean text, followed by Japanese texts in chronological order of appearance. (In some cases, we will only read selections of a work, if the work is inordinately long.) Class will be primarily lecture-based, although questions are encouraged at all times. The focus will be on the content of the text, its place in the literary tradition, and the problematics of interpretation. Although this course is designed to be a continuation of EAS 103L, "Sources of East Asian Traditions I," EAS 103L is not a prerequisite. This course is taught in English; no knowledge of Korean or Japanese is necessary.

General Education Information:

This course fulfills the General Education Categories of Humanities and Regions Beyond Europe.

 

Characteristics of all General Education Courses

  1. General Education courses offer introductions to the central topics of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields.
  2. General Education courses offer explicit rather than tacit understandings of the procedures, practices, methodology and fundamental assumptions of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields.
  3. General Education courses recognize multiple perspectives on the subject matter.
  4. General Education courses emphasize active learning in an engaged environment that enables students to be producers as well as consumers of knowledge.
  5. General Education courses promote critical inquiry into the assumptions, goals, and methods of various fields of academic study; they aim to develop the interpretive, analytic, and evaluative competencies characteristic of critical thinking.

 

Learning Objectives for General Education Humanities Courses

Humanities courses teach students to analyze and interpret texts, ideas, artifacts, and discourse systems, and the human values, traditions, and beliefs that they reflect. 

 

Humanities courses enable students to demonstrate knowledge of the assumptions, methods of study, and theories of at least one of the disciplines within the humanities. 

 

Depending on the discipline, humanities courses will enable students to demonstrate some or all of the following:

  1. an understanding of the objects of study as expressions of the cultural contexts of the people who created them
  2. an understanding of the continuing relevance of the objects of study to the present and to the world outside the university
  3. an ability to employ the terms and understand the conventions particular to the discipline
  4. an ability to analyze and assess the strengths and weaknesses of ideas and positions along with the reasons or arguments that can be given for and against them
  5. an understanding of the nature of the texts, artifacts, ideas, or discourse of the discipline and of the assumptions that underlie this understanding, including those relating to issues of tradition and canon

 


Objectives for General Education Regions Beyond Europe Courses

Approved courses engage students in considerations of the "local" as opposed to the "global." Courses focus on specific cultures (other than those of the United States) or the world's regions. Courses emphasize the features and processes whereby cultures and regions gain their specific identity, offering an explicitly historical organization (i.e., one that emphasizes the narratives whereby any given region or culture has come to gain its specific identity), and balancing topical focus and chronological breadth (i.e., considering a topic of sufficient specificity for the course to be coherent, but over a period of time long enough to ensure that the relevant historical dynamic is clearly visible).

Required Texts:

·         (K) Kuunmong: The Cloud Dream of the Nine by Kim Manchoong. This text is also available electronically at http://www.ibiblio.org/eldritch/kim/cloud9.html

·         (M) Selections from the Man'yōshū on Electronic Reserves (ERES)

·         (G) Genji and Heike: selections from The Tale of Genji and The Tale of Heike, translated, with introductions, by Helen Craig McCullough

·         (T) Tales of Times Now Past: Sixty-two Stories from a Medieval Japanese Collection, translated by Marian Ury

·         (B) Bashō’s Journey by David Barnhill

Testing and Grading: Attendance will be taken regularly; students are expected to attend class unless extenuating circumstances prevent it. There will be unannounced intermittent quizzes on the content of the required reading. These quizzes will be easy if you have done the reading but difficult if you have not--in other words, it is to your advantage to come to class prepared. The mid-term exam and final exam will include short answer and essay questions on the material covered in class. Given the size of the class, sessions will be largely lecture although questions are welcome at any time. Lecture notes in PowerPoint format will be posted on ERES.

I grade on objective criteria, as follows:

Intermittent quizzes

25%

Mid-term Exam

25%

Final Exam

25%

Class Attendance

25%

 

This syllabus is not negotiable. I agree to teach the topics listed below, and to grade you on the criteria listed above. I consider a grade of "Incomplete" to be for emergencies (death in the family, extreme illness, etc.), not for students who fail to plan ahead. I do not curve grades. I do not give extra credit assignments. My 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 my office and we'll run through the numbers. If there are extenuating circumstances which you anticipate will unduly affect your grade, it is your responsibility to speak with me IN ADVANCE.

 

Academic Integrity: According to the Undergraduate Bulletin, “It is every student's responsibility to become familiar with the standards of academic integrity at the University. Claims of ignorance, of unintentional error, or of academic or personal pressures are not sufficient reasons for violations of academic integrity.” Any incident of plagiarism, cheating, unauthorized dual submission, forgery, sabotage, unauthorized collaboration, falsification, bribery, or theft, damage, or misuse of library resources will be reported immediately to the Undergraduate Dean’s office, and will result in no credit for the assignment in question.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Topic

Reading

Sept.

1

T

Course Introduction

None

 

3

Th

The Cloud Dream of the Nine

K: Chapters I-V

 

8

T

The Cloud Dream of the Nine

K: Chapters VI-XI

10

Th

The Cloud Dream of the Nine

K: Chapters XII-XVI

 

15

T

Man'yōshū

M: ERES Reading #1

 

17

Th

Man'yōshū

M: ERES Reading #2

 

22

T

Man'yōshū

M: ERES Reading #3

 

24

Th

Man'yōshū

M: ERES Reading #4

 

29

T

The Tale of Genji

G: 3-40

Oct.

1

Th

The Tale of Genji

G: 41-112

 

6

T

The Tale of Genji

G: 113-189

8

Th

The Tale of Genji

G: 190-242

 

13

T

MIDTERM EXAM

None

 

15

Th

FILM: The Genji Scrolls Reborn

None

 

20

T

The Tale of Heike

G: 245-277

 

22

Th

The Tale of Heike

G: 278-337

 

27

T

The Tale of Heike

G: 338-397

 

29

Th

The Tale of Heike

G: 398-458

Nov.

3

T

Tales of Times Now Past

T: 1-58

5

Th

Tales of Times Now Past

T: 59-80

 

10

T

Tales of Times Now Past

T: 81-131

 

12

Th

Tales of Times Now Past

T: 133-199

 

17

T

Bashō's Travelogues and Haiku

B: 1-12

 

19

Th

Bashō's Travelogues and Haiku

B: 13-28

 

24

T

Bashō's Travelogues and Haiku

B: 29-48

 

26

Th

NO CLASS--THANKSGIVING

Dec.

1

T

Bashō's Travelogues and Haiku

B: 49-77

 

3

Th

Course Wrap-Up

None