JK24002Research 1~3-Seminar (KBR/VMC)(Colloquim)

Numbering Code G-LET36 7JK24 SE36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Wed.5
Instructor name HAYASE ATSUSHI (Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This Book Reading and Discussion course explores various aspects of Japanese thoughts and culture by reading Japanese Classics in English translation and discussing them in English. In this academic term participants will discuss Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725)'s two /sewamono/ ("the lives of ordinary people") plays written in his late years: /Shinju Ten no Amijima/(/The Love Suicides at Amijima/, 1721) and /Shinju Yoi Goshin/ (/Love Suicides on the Eve of the Koshin Festival/, 1722). Chikamatsu is arguably the most celebrated dramatist in Japan, who wrote many memorable and higly artistic plays for Ningyo-Joruri, or puppet drama, and Kabuki, or dance-drama, performance. Specifically, he is supposed to be the first dramatist in the world who staged common people as the protagonists of tragedies. As is often the case with his /sewamono/ plays, both /Shinju Ten no Amijima/ and /Shinju Yoi Goshin/ are based on the real incidents that happened in Chikamatsu's lifetime.

The main purpose of this course is to provide occasions for communication between Japanese and international students, in a friendly atmosphere. By actively participating in discussions Japanese students will improve their English communication skills, and international students will deepen their understanding of Japanese culture.
Course Goals By the end of the term students should gain some basic understanding of Ningyo-Joruri and Kabuki, and become confident in talking about Japanese culture in English.
Schedule and Contents The plan of the course is as follows:
1. Introduction
2. Reading /Shinju Ten no Amijima/ (1) Act 1
3. Reading /Shinju Ten no Amijima/ (2) Act 1
4. Reading /Shinju Ten no Amijima/ (3) Act 2
5. Reading /Shinju Ten no Amijima/ (4) Act 2-3
6. Reading /Shinju Ten no Amijima/ (4) Act 3
7. Reading /Shinju Ten no Amijima/ (5) Review
8. Reading /Shinju Yoi Goshin/ (1) Act 1
9. Reading /Shinju Yoi Goshin/ (2) Act 1-2
10. Reading /Shinju Yoi Goshin/ (3) Act 2
11. Reading /Shinju Yoi Goshin/ (4) Act 3
12. Reading /Shinju Yoi Goshin/ (5) Act 3
13. Reading /Shinju Yoi Goshin/ (6) Review
14. General discussion on Chikamatsu's works
15. Feedback
Our discussion in each session will concentrate on a particular section indicated above.
Evaluation Methods and Policy At the end of the term students will be asked to write an essay about /Shinju Ten no Amijima/ and /Shinju Yoi Goshin/ (2,000 words). Students' grades will be weighed according to the following scheme:
Active participation in discussion 50%
Course Essay 50%
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students will be asked carefully to read the materials for the class in advance and come prepared to discuss them. Every student is expected to raise at least one point that is worth discussing in the class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Copies of the reading materials will be provided at the introductory session.
References, etc. /Major Plays of Chikamatsu/., Keene, Donald (tr.), (New York, Columbia University Press, 1990)
/Chikamatsu: 5 Late Plays/. , Gerstle, Andrew (tr.), (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.)
/Chikamatsu Zenshu/ 17 vols. , , (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1985-1994.)
/Joruri Shu/ (Shincho Nihon Koten Shusei)., Tsuchida, Mamoru (ed.) , (Tokyo: Shincho Sha, 1985.)
/Chikamatsu Joruri Shu/ (Shin Nihon Koten Bungaku Taikei)., Hitoshi, Matsuzaki et al. (ed.) , (Tokyo : Iwanami Shoten, 1995.)