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Elective Course
JAPN2064 The Tale of Genji 6 credits
This Japanese-medium interdisciplinary content course explores “The Tale of Genji”, the world-famous Japanese classic written by Lady Murasaki. The novel consists of fifty-four chapters describing Genji’s romantic involvement with a number of noble ladies who resided in the veiled imperial court in the 11th century Heian era. It has been widely read as a story of love and hatred that vividly epitomizes human nature that can be still observed in contemporary society. While focusing on the personalities and portraits of major female characters who were tossed about by fate, the course also provides students with an opportunity to study the background of “The Tale of Genji”, including fashion, aesthetics, traditional events, and history. A range of familiar sources to students such as translations into modern Japanese, comics, and dramas is mainly used for analyses.
Co-requisite: JAPN2188 or JAPN2199
Assessment: 100 % coursework
(Offered in 2016/2017, 1st semester)

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