M.A. Courses (Japanese)

 

M.A. 1st year (Monsoon Semester)
Course No: JP401
Course Title: Social and Cultural Heritage
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: Geography and natural resources; historical and mythological concepts relating to the establishment of Yamato state; origins of the Japanese people; primitive Shinto; continental influences on Japanese culture; Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism; Shotoku Taishi; Buddhist sects during Nara and Heian Periods; Dual Shintoism; literary trends during Nara and Heian periods; administrative reforms during Asuka and Nara periods; ascendency of Fujiwara family; decline of imperial authority.
Evaluation: Performance in two written Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%)
Suggested Readings-
Brinkley, R., A History of Japanese People, London Encyclopedia Britannica Co., 1912.
Hane,  Mikiso, Japan, New York, Scribners’ Sons, 1972.
John K. Fairbank, Edwin O. Reischauer and Albert M. Craig, East Asia: The Great Tradition, Tokyo , Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1964.
Murdoch, James, and Yamgata, Isoh, History of Japan, 3 vols. London, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1949.
Sansom, George B., A History of Japan, 3 Vols. Tokyo, Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1974.

Course No: JP402
Course Title: Selected Texts – Prose
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: Literary texts such as short stories, novels and novellas of Meiji / Modern Japanese writers such as Natsume Soseki, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Tanizaki Junichiro, Miyazawa Kenji, Hoshi Shinichi etc, essays and articles on current affairs; development of analytical faculty of  students on Japanese socio-economic conditions, culture, customs and traditions; and widen their world view
Evaluation: Performance in two written Sessional Tests out of three /one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%)
Teaching material:  Short stories of Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Tanizaki Junichiro, Miyazawa Kenji. Novels of Natsume Soseki, Science fictions of Hoshi Shinichi, essays, articles and news items taken from newspapers, magazines, journals and internet.

Course No: JP403
Course Title: Interpretation
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: Theories and strategies of interpretation, interpretation from Japanese to English and vice versa on subjects such as post-war Japanese economy, Japanese management practices, and Japan’s bilateral relationship with important trading partners, ODA (Official Development Assistance), specialized terminology in both Japanese and English, power point presentations on the topics covered in the class, and listing of technical terminology
Evaluation: Performance in two Sessional Tests out of three (25%), class performance (25%)  End Semester examination (50%)
Teaching material: Authentic texts from internet, books, newspapers, magazines, audio-visual aids
Course No: JP412
Course Title: A Survey of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature (Ancient and Medieval Periods)
Credits: 4
Course Contents: Representative works of literary genres of the ancient and medieval period with special emphasis on the developments in the Japanese script from Chinese to native kana syllables,  performing arts and the key terms of Japanese aesthetics, the kiki works of the ancient period, the Chinese poetic compilations and Manyoshu in Nara period, vernacular kana writings and women’s writings of Heian period, development of poetry from waka to haiku, poetry and prose writings of medieval period, the literary tradition and the performing arts( story-telling, noh, kyogen)
Evaluation: Performance in two written Sessional Tests out of three /one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%)
Suggested Readings:
A History of Japanese Literature, Shuichi Kato Kodansha International
Sources of Japanese Tradition compiled by Ryusaku Tsunoda etc., Columbia University Press
Kojiki; Trans: Phillipi Donald I., Tokyo University Press
Nihongi: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to A.D. 697 Trans. Aston W. G. Tuttle
This Wine of Peace, This Wine of Laughter, A Complete Anthology of Japan’s Earliest Songs, Trans. Phillipi, Donald I., Grossman
Records of Wind and Earth: A Translation of Fudoki, with Introduction and Commentaries by Aoki, Michiko Yamaguchi and Occasional Papers Series, no. 53. Ann Arbor, Mich., Association for Asian Studies
The Father/Daughter Plot: Japanese Literary Women, Ramirez-Christensen, Experanza and Rebecca I. Copeland, Eds. University of Hawai Press

Course No: JP404
Course Title: Translation
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: Basic theories and strategies of translation, translation from English to Japanese and vice versa on current topics relevant to Indo-Japan relations, international affairs, international trade and business, politics, literary texts, scientific and technical texts pertaining to automobiles, electronics, computer etc.
Evaluation: Performance in two Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%) and in the End Semester examination (50%)
Teaching material: Authentic texts from newspapers, academic journals, internet, books, scientific and technical documents and literary texts, technical material, patents, advertisements etc.

M.A. 1st year (Winter Semester)
Course No: JP406
Course Title: Social and Cultural Heritage
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: Minamoto no Yoritomo and the establishment of Kamakura Shogunate; Ashikaga Shogunate; development of art and culture during Muromachi period; Sengoku period; centralization of political authority under Oda Nogunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Iyeyasu Tokugawa; establishment of Tokugawa regime, introduction of Christianity and the Close-Door policy; intellectual trends; Neo Confucianism; Bushido; Genroku period; development of art and culture; decline of feudal economy; Western Powers’ attempts for Opening of Japan; Commodore Mathew C. Perry’s visit; the Unequal Treaties; Sonno Joi movement; the Anti-Bakufu Wave; end of Tokugawa regime.
Evaluation: Performance in two out of three written Sessional Tests / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%) End Semester examination (50%)
Suggested Readings:
Boxer, CR, The Christian Century in Japan, London, Cambridge University Press, 1967.
Brinkley, R., A History of Japanese People, London Encyclopedia Britannica Co., 1912.
Hane, Mikiso, Japan, New York, Scribners’ Sons, 1972
John K. Fairbank, Edwin O. Reischauer and Albert M. Craig, East Asia: The Great Tradition, Tokyo, Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1964.
Murdoch, James, and Yamgata, Isoh, History of Japan, 3 vols. London, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1949.
Sansom, George B., A History of Japan, 3 Vols. Tokyo, Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1974.

Course No: JP407 
Course Title: Selected Texts - Prose
Course Credits: 4 
Course Contents: Reading and analyzing novels, short stories and novellas of Meiji / Modern Japanese writers such as Kawabata Yasunari, Mori Ogai, Shiga Naoya, Shimazaki Toson, Miyazawa Kenji, essays and articles on current affairs to develop analytical faculty of  students on Japanese socio-economic conditions, culture, customs and traditions; and widen their world view
Evaluation: Performance in two out of three Sessional Tests / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%) End Semester examination (50%)
Teaching material:  Short stories of Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Tanizaki Junichiro, Miyazawa Kenji. Novels of Natsume Soseki, Science fiction of Hoshi Shinichi, essays, articles and news items taken from newspapers, magazines, journals and internet.

Course No: JP408  
Course Title: Interpretation
Course Credits: 4  
Course Contents: Interpretation of speeches/ passages on topics such as recent trends in the world economy, WTO, World Bank etc; current affairs, specialized terminology in both Japanese and English, power point presentation on  topics covered in the class , and compilation of technical terms
Evaluation: Performance in two Sessional Tests out of three (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%)
Teaching material: Authentic texts from internet, books, newspapers, magazines, audio-visual aids

Course No: JP409
Course Title: Translation
Course Credits: 4 
Course Contents: (Continuation of EL404J) Intensive training in the theories and strategies of translation from Japanese to English and vice versa using current topics relevant to Indo-Japan relations, international affairs, international trade and business, politics, literary texts, scientific and technical texts pertaining to automobiles, electronics, computer,  information technology, patents etc.
Evaluation: Performance in two Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%) End Semester examination (50%)
Teaching material: Authentic texts from newspapers, academic journals, internet, books, scientific and technical documents, patents and literary texts.

Course No: JP416
Course Title: Introduction to Japanese Linguistics: Japanese syntax and semantics
Course Credits: 4
Course Objective: The course will introduce, besides introduction to syntax and semantics in general and aspects of Japanese language that require special attention in the course of learning and teaching of Japanese. For example, typologically, Japanese is a SOV language like Hindi/Indian languages, and shares many implicational universals, however all modifiers in Japanese, whether a word, or a phrase or a whole clause, always precede the modified noun. Both the similar and dissimilar features of Japanese and Hindi/ Indian languages at various linguistic levels, when highlighted, will provide the learner with an understanding of characteristics of Japanese language.

Course Contents:Introduction to syntax; traditional Japanese grammar; Japanese cases; distinction between topic (marked with ha particle) and subject (marked with ga particle); construction of Japanese noun phrase (NP); tense, aspect, mood, voice, transitivity; structure of Japanese verb phrase (VP), surface structure vs. conceptual/deep structure

Suggested Readings:

Carnie Andrew, Syntax- A Generative Introduction, Blackwell, 2006

Department of Linguistics, Language Files, The Ohio State University

Edwin O. Reischauer (1977) The Japanese, Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle, p.385-386.

Fromkin, Victoria, Rodman Robert Hyams Nina An Introduction to Language、 Harcourt College Pub, 1992.

Fukushima Kunimichi, Kokugogakuyouron, 1977, Kasamashoin, Tokyo

Kindaichi , Haruhiko, Nihongoshinpan, Vol.I, Iwanamishinsho, 1988

Kuno, Susumu, Nihongobunpokenkyu, Taishuukanshoten, 1978

Suzuki, Takao, Nihongobunpo-Keitairon, Mugishobo, Tokyo, 1981

Tsujimura Natsuko, An introduction to Japanese Linguistics, Blackwell-2005

Yamaguchi Gyouji, Nihongogaku Nyumon,  Showado, Kyoto, 2007

 

M.A. 2nd year (Monsoon Semester)
Course No: JP501
Course Title: Social and Cultural Heritage of Japan 
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: The Meiji Restoration, the New Order- political, social, agrarian, economic and educational reforms, political developments- making of the Constitution, popular rights movement, agrarian unrest, cultural, economic and social development- cultural nationalism, , industrial growth and the social condition of the workers, the Korean Question and the Sino-Japanese War, Russo Japanese War, Democratic and Socialist Movements, culture of the Taisho Era, women’s franchise movement, political development- 1918-1932, radical nationalism and militarism, Manchurian Incident, the path to war, Tokyo Trials, Japan’s support for Indian Freedom Movement
Evaluation: Performance in two written Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%)  
References Books:
Yanaga Chitoshi, Japan Since Perry; G.B. Sansom, The Western World and Japan; Hugh Borton,     Japans Modern Century; William Beasely, The Modern History of Japan; John Whitney Hall, Japan: From Prehistory to Modern Times; Maurius B. Jansen, The Making of Modern Japan; Conrad Totman, A History of Japan; John Whitney Hall ED, Cambridge History of Japan Vol. 4; Marius B. Jansen Ed.,                  Cambridge History of Japan Vol. 5; Peter Duus, Cambridge History of Japan Vol. 6;  Mikiso Hane, Modern Japan: A Historical Survey.

Course No:  JP502
Course Title: Readings from Japanese Texts (Current affairs)
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: (Continuation of EL 402 J and EL 407 J) Literary texts such as short stories, novels, poems, essays written by  famous writers and scholars of Meiji, Showa and Taisho periods of Japan,  their style, analysis and critical appreciation, students’ observations and views  on a given text, discussion on texts from newspapers and magazines.
Evaluation: Performance in two written Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%)
Teaching Material:
Novels, Short stories, poems, essays by famous Post Meiji Japanese writers, articles from Japanese newspapers and magazines on current affairs, culture and society

Course No:  JP503
Course Title: Modern Japanese Usage
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: Essay writing, précis writing, letter writing and presentation of these by the students in the class, reading of cursive writing, proverbs, yoji jukugo (terminology) etc  to help strengthen the practical skills of students in writing, reading, understanding and communication; essays on current affairs on Japan and India.
Evaluation: Performance in two written Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%)
Teaching material: Texts and articles in Japanese from books, journals, magazines, newspapers, internet; books on Japanese proverbs, yoji jukugo, idioms, actual/original letters etc.

Course No: JP519
Course Title: Interpretation
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: Interpretation techniques and strategies to interpret speeches/ passages on current affairs focusing on U.S. Japan Security Alliance, Sino-Japanese relations, Indo-Japanese relations and the UNO etc., compilation of specialized terminology.
Evaluation: Performance in two Sessional Tests out of three (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%)
Teaching material:  Journals, newspapers, bilingual dictionaries and encyclopedia

Course No: JP524
Course Title: Novels and Prose writings of Meiji and Taisho Periods
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents:
Indigenous (pure) literature, specially prose / fiction with focus on representative prose writings of the major writers of various genre and literary movements of the period, like works of Tsubouchi Shoyo, Futabatei Shimei, Tayama Katai, Shimazaki Toson, Natsume Soseki, Higuchi Ichiyo, Mori Ogai, Arishima Takeo, Nagai Kafu, Ozaki Koyo, Shiga Naoya, Tanizaki Junichiro, Kikuchi Kan, Kinoshita Naoe, Koda Rohan, Kunikida Doppo, Masamune Hakucho, Mushanokoji Saneatsu, Satomi Ton, Miyazawa Kenji etc.
Evaluation: Performance in two out of three written Sessional Tests / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%) End Semester examination (50%).
Reference Material: Collected works of the above mentioned writers.
Nakamura Shinichiro, Kono hyakunen no shosetsu – Jinsei to bungaku to-, Shinchosha, Tokyo 1974; John Lewell, Modern Japanese Novelists – A biographical dictionary, Kodansha America Inc, New York 1993; Meiji Bungaku arubamu and Taisho Bungaku Arubamu .

M.A. 2nd year (Winter Semester)
Course No. JP507
Course Title: Social and Cultural Heritage of Japan
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: Tokyo Trials, Ras Behari Bose, Subhash Chandra Bose, Japan’s support for Indian Freedom Movement, the Post War Era- reform and reconstruction, Showa Constitution, status of the Emperor, the MacArthur Era, political developments during the Occupation and after Independence, the Diet, Judicial system, foreign relations, social and economic development, cultural development, American influence, religion, literature, arts, cinema and popular culture, status of women
Evaluation: Performance in two written Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%)
Reference Books: E.H. Norm, Emergence of Japan as a Modern State; Kenneth Pyle, The Making of Modern Japan; Shunsuke Tsurumi, A Cultural History of Post War Japan: 1945-1980; John Fairbank and Edwin Reishauer, East Asia:Tradition and Transformation; W.W. Lockwood, State and Economic Enterprise in Japan; Lewis  Austin(ed.) ,  Japan: Paradox of Progress; W.W. Lockwood, Economic Development of Japan.

Course No. JP508
Course Title: Readings from Japanese Texts
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: Literary texts such as short stories, novels, poems, essays written by  famous contemporary writers and scholars of Japan,  their style, analysis and critical appreciation, students’ observations and views  on a given text, discussion on texts from newspapers and magazines
Evaluation: Performance in two written Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%).
Teaching Material: Works of contemporary writers and poets, books on Japanese literature and culture, newspapers, magazines, journals

Course No. : JP509
Course Title: Modern Japanese usage
Course Credits: 4    Essay writing on topics related to current affairs of Japan and India, précis writing, writing of business letters and related presentations by students, reading of cursive writing, ayamari yasui kotoba, do-on igigo (homophonous words), international affairs, global problems etc.
 Evaluation: Performance in two written Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%).
Teaching material: Texts and articles from books, journals, magazines and newspapers etc, books on Japanese letter-writing, ayamari yasui kotoba, do-on igigo etc.

Course No. JP520
Course Title: Interpretation
Credits: 4
Course Content: Techniques and strategies of interpretation with focus on interpretation of speeches by dignitaries in international forum
 Evaluation: Performance in two written Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%)
Teaching material: Speeches of dignitaries in international forum.

Course No: JP525
Course Title: A Survey of 20th Century Japanese Literature- Showa and Post Showa Periods
Credits: 4
Course Contents:
History of Japanese Literature during the Showa and post Showa periods with special reference to various genres and literary movements such as pre-war/tenko literature, post war literature, women writers of Showa and post Showa periods; covering works of some of the following: Tanazaki Junichiro , Akutagawa Ryunosuke , Kawabata Yasunari, Nakano Shigeharu, Mushanokoji Saneatsu, Kikuchi Kan, Sato Haruo, Shimazaki Toson, Oe Kenzaburo, Ibuse Masuji, Hayashi Fumiko, Ariyoshi Sawako.
Evaluation: Performance in two written Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%)
Suggested Readings:
Hirano Ken, Showa Bungakushi, Chikuma Shobo; Nakamura Shinichiro, Kono hyakunen no Shosetsu, Jinsei to Bungakuto, Shinchosa; John Lewell, Modern Japanese Novelists – A Biographical Dictionary, Kodansha; Senuma Shigeki, Nihon Bundan shi 23 ( Taisho Bungaku no Taito), Kodansha Bungei Bunko; Collection of the Complete Works of the above mentioned writers; Taisho Bungaku Arubamu .

Course No: JP521
Course Title: Dissertation
Course Credits: 4
Course Content: Writing of a dissertation of about 35-45 pages in Japanese on topic of the choice of the students.( Topics related Japanese society, culture, literature, language and linguists, arts and popular culture etc.).

Optional Core Courses for M.A. Japanese
Course No: JP411
Course Title: Theory of Literature
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: Theories of literature, i.e. the traditional schools of literary criticisms, Post modern approaches, introduction to literary theories in Japan and study of selected Japanese works in the light of the above.
Evaluation: Performance in two Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%).
Suggested Readings: Peter Barry, An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, Manchester University Press; David Lodge (ed.), Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Longman; David Lodge (ed.), Modern Criticism and Theory, A Reader, Longman; Leela Gandhi, Post-colonial Theory: A Critical Introduction, Oxford University Press; William K. Wimsatt and Cleanth Brooks, Literary Criticism: A Short History, Oxford and IBH; Tsubouchi Shoyo, Shosetsu shinzui (The Essence of the Novel).

Course No: JP413
Course Title: Comparative Literature (Influence of Indian Literature and Thought on Japanese Literature)
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: The approaches to comparative literature will be studied with special focus on tracing Indian influence on Japanese literature and the adaptations of Indian themes in literature centered on Buddhist works. Epics, Folklore, narratives etc. along the following lines:
The presence of Jataka and Panchtantra in Japanese folklore; Buddhist Literature (Kanyaku Butten) and Setsuwa; India in the Early Modern Japanese Literature ( Kinsei); Indian influence on post Meiji and Modern Literature.
Evaluation: Performance in two Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%),  End Semester examination (50%)
Suggested Readings:
Sources of Japanese Tradition, compiled by Ryusaku Tsunoda et al, Columbia University Press.
A Collection of Tales from Uji: A Study of on Translation of Uji shui monogatari, trans. Pre Mills, Douglas E., Cambridge University Press.
The Threee Jewels: A Study and Translation Of Minamoto Tamenori’s Sanboe, trans. Kamens, Edward. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan.
The Jataka Stories in Japan: A Study based on Konjaku Monogatarishu, by Anita Khanna, BRPC.
Japanese Literature in Chinese, Vol.I Poetry and Prose in Japanese by Japanese Writers of the Early Period: Watson, Burton , Columbia University Press.
Nihon Mukashibanasshi Taisei, Keigo Seki.
Japani Lok-kathaon mein Panchtantra, by Manjushree Chauhan, Anubhav Prakashan.

Course No: JP414
Course Title:  Critical Appreciation of a Monogatari Work
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: An analytical study a selected work of Japanese fiction called Monogatariwill is undertaken, i.e. Chapters taken from Genji Monogatari, Heike Monogatari, Utsubo Monogatari, Ise Monogatari, Torikaebaya Monogatari, Genpei Seisuikietc. On the basis of work oriented approach along the following points:

  1. Commentary and interpretation   2. Social milieu  3. Literary attributes
  2. Critique

Evaluation: Performance in  two Sessional Tests out of  three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%),  End Semester examination (50%).
Suggested Readings:
The Tale of Lady Ochikubu, trans. Whitehouse, Wilfred and Eizo Yanagisawa, Doubleday anchor
Hogen Monogatari: Tale of the Disorder in Hogen, trans. Wilson, William R., Monomena Nipponica Monograph, Sophia University Press
The Tale of Heike, trans McCollough, Helen Craig, Stanford University Press
The Onin War: History of its Origin and Background with a Selective Translation of Chronicle of Onin, Varley, Paul H., Columbia University Press
Sources of Japanese Tradition, compiled by Ryusaku Tsunoda et al, Columbia University Press
A History of Japanese Literature, Shuichi Kato Kodansha International
The Bridge of Dreams: A Poetics of the Tale of Genji, Shirane, Haruo., Stanford University Press
The Tale of Genji trans. Tyler, Royall Viking
Selected Works in Japanese from Nihonkoten-bungaku Zenshu ( Complete Works of Japanese -Classics) Shogakkan

Course No: JP504
Course Title: Specialized Translation
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: Intensive and specialized training in the field of practical translation is provided in this course, from Japanese to English and vice versa. Students have the option to choose literary texts, texts pertaining to Social Sciences or Science and Technology depending on his/her taste and interest.   
Evaluation: Performance in two Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%)  End Semester examination (50%).
Teaching material: Literary texts, essays and articles on humanities, social sciences, scientific and technical documents, computer, IT and patents.

Course No: JP522
Course Title:  An Indepth Study of Ihara Saikaku or Chikamatsu Monzaemon or Matsuo Basho
Credits: 4
Course Contents: On the basis of author oriented approach, an analytical study of any one leading author of the Edo (1600-1867) period will be undertaken. The focus will be on:  1. Social-milieu   2. Literary attributes   3. Critique                                                                                                                       
 Evaluation: Performance in two Sessional Tests out of three /  one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%).
Suggested Readings:
World Within Walls: Japanese Literature of the Pre-Modern Era, Keene, Donald, 1600-1868 Rinehart and Winston
Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Basho, Shirane, Haruo  Stanford University Press
Matsuo Basho: The Master Haiku Poet, Ueda, Makoto, Kodansha International
The Monkey’s Straw Raincoat and other Poetry of the Basho School trans. Miner Earl and Hiroko Odagiri, Princeton University Press
Sources of Japanese Tradition, compiled by Ryusaku Tsunoda et al, Columbia University Press
A History of Japanese Literature, Shuichi Kato Kodansha International
Selected Works in Japanese from Nihonkoten-bungaku Zenshu ( Complete Works of Japanese -Classics) Shogakkan

Course No: JP523
Course Title:  Literary Trends in Modern Japanese Literature (Meiji and Taisho Periods)
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: In this course, the history of literature of Japan in the Meiji and Taisho periods will be studied in a comprehensive manner with special emphasis on modernization and westernization of Japanese literature. Following are the major course contents:

  1. Gesaku (popular literature) and Kanshi ( Chinese poetry) of esrly Meiji period
  2. Influence of translated novels and political novels from the West
  3. Introduction of Romanticism, Realism in Meiji Literature
  4. Emergence of Shintai-shi ( New Verse) style in Japanese poetry
  5. Rise of Nationalism and Autobiographical novels ( Shi-shodsetsu)
  6. Psychological novels and other literary trends opposing naturalism
  7. Proletarian literature of Taisho period

Evaluation: Performance in two Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%).
Suggested Readings:
Nakamura Mitsuo, Meiji Bungakushi ( History of Japanese Literature of the Meiji Period) Chikuma shobo
Usui Yoshimi, Taisho Bungakushi (History of Japanese Literature of the Meiji Period) Chikuma shobo
Kato Shuichi, Nihonbungakushi Josetsu Part 2 (History of Japanese Literature – The Modern Years) Chikuma shobo
P.A.George, Enlightenment of Women & Social Change, Northern Book Centre

Course No: JP524
Course Title:  Novel and Prose Writings of Meiji and Taisho Periods
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: The objective of this course is to impart an in-depth knowledge of the pure (belles) literature, especially prose/fiction to the students. Teaching representative prose writings of writers of various genres and literary movements of the period will be emphasized.
Following is the list of representative writers, out of which two or three writers’ life and works to be taught in this course. The selected writers can be different from year to year depending on the course in-charge.
1. Futabatei Shimmei 2. Tayama Katai 3. Shimazaki Toson 4.  Natsume Soseki 5. Higuchi Ichiyo  6. Mori Ojai 7. Arishima Takeo 8. Nagai Kafu 9. Kobayashi Takiji 10. Ozaki Koyo 11. Shiga Naoya 12. Tanizaki Junichiro 13.  Tokutomi Roka 14.  Yamada Bimyo 15.  Izumi Koka 16. Kikuchi Kan 17. Kinoshita Naoe  18. Koda Rohan 19.  Kunikida Doppo  20.  Masamune Hakucho 21. Musashinokoji Saneatsu 22.  Satomi Ton 23. Tsubouchi Shoyo 24.  Miyazawa Kenji
Evaluation: Performance in two Sessional Tests out of three / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%), End Semester examination (50%).
Suggested Readings:
Collections of Complete Works( Zenshu) of the above mentioned writers; Nakamura Shinichiro, Kono Hyakunen no shosetsu- Jinsei to Bungaku to, Shinchosha; John Lewell, Modern Japanese Novelists – A Biographical Dictionary, Kodansha; Meiji Bungaku Album and Taisho Bungaku Album

Course No: JP526
Course Title:  Specialized Study of any one Modern Novelist
Course Credits: 4
Course Contents: Detailed and analytical study of the life and works of one prominent novelist like Kawabata Yasunari, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Mishima Yukio, Shiga Nagoya, Endo Shusaku, Ibuse Masuji, Shimazaki Toson, Dazai Osamu, Abe Kobo, Murakami Haruki, Oe Kenzaburo or Yoshimoto Banana.
Evaluation:    Performance in two out of three written Sessional Tests / one Sessional test out of two and one assignment (25%), class performance (25%) End Semester examination (50%)
Suggested Readings:
Complete works ( Zenshu) of the Novelist studied; Hirano Ken, Showa Bungakushoi Chikuma Shobo; Nakamura Shinichiro, Kono hyakunen no Shosetsu, Jinsei to Bungakuto, Shinchosa; Senuma Shigeki, Nihon Bundan shi 23 ( Taisho Bungaku no Taito) Kodansha Bungei Bunko.