3562004 American Literature

Numbering Code U-LET19 23562 PJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 1 Course Type Practical training
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Mon.3
Instructor name Stephen Gill (Part-time Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The first haiku in English were composed more than 100 years ago by poets working mainly in London and categorised as ‘Orientalist’ or ‘Imagist’. Since the 1970's, haiku-style poetry in English has been widely published and broadcast, and some of it is very good. This semester, we will study the differences between Japanese and English haiku, analysing some of the special features of the English haiku form. We will recognize some qualities of the English language that are ideally suited to writing haiku! Lectures and discussions will be supplemented with audio, video and handouts. This course aims at cultivating the student's general proficiency at reading, speaking, listening and writing through discussion and analysis. In class, students should take occasional notes of things they consider interesting or important. Tests, if indicated, will require students to revise. Sometimes students will be encouraged to discuss and draw conclusions in small groups. During the semester, students will choose one characteristic of English haiku (e.g. punctuation, lineation, Western season words) for their special attention and, illustrating their ideas with their own researched haiku examples, present this as a report during the final two classes.
Course Goals Our goals include improving English ability through listening, reading, speaking and writing. In our discussions and analysis, some cultural and linguistic comparison will necessarily be made between the English-speaking world and the Japanese world, to which students should actively contribute. Also, we will hope to improve ability to read 'between the lines'. A further goal might be to reappraise the idea that 'Small is beautiful; less is more', which Japan has helped to instil in world literature. This course may also help develop seasonal consciousness.
Schedule and Contents 1. Orientation and links from last semester
2. Japanese and English: linguistic differences
3. pond frog plop!
4. Lineation, translation workshop
5. Break, image contrast (cf. famous poets’ work)
6. Seasons in English Haiku I: spring
7. Seasons in English Haiku II: summer
8. Seasons in English Haiku III: autumn
9. Creating an English haiku, composition workshop
10. Seasons in English Haiku IV: winter
11. Seasons in English Haiku V: all/no season
12. Humour and influence of senryu on US/UK haiku
13. Haiku ‘moment’ and hints on researching examples
14. Rensaku, rengay and report preparation/submission
15. Haibun and report preparation/submission
Evaluation Methods and Policy attendance/class contribution 50%,
tests 10%,
report (anthology/critique or analysis/examples) 40%
Course Requirements Active participation in class.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Occasionally, students may be expected to familiarise themselves with a short text in advance of the class. They should revise for any tests. Towards the end of the semester, they must also research and write a report to submit to the teacher during the last two classes.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Handouts will be provided by the teacher in every class.
References, etc. The Haiku Seasons, Higginson, William J., , ISBN:9781933330655
Haiku World, Higginson, William J. , , ISBN:4770020902
Enhaiklopedia, Gill, Stephen Henry, , ISBN:4990082222
Related URL The 'Icebox' is edited by the teacher and contains a list of links to all the most important English haiku sites around the world
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