Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Pre-modern Japanese Literature Take Home Portion of Final Exam Fall 2006
All semester test. Use works from the first day to the last day of class.

-You may study for the test after reading these questions.
-You may not use your notes or books when you sit down to write the test.
-You should type in Arial 12, double space, and have one inch margins.
-Type your name on the top page with the date. Honor Code on last page.
-Staple all the pages together in one packet.(No folder papers or clips)
-Do not discuss this exam with anyone AT ALL. Not even which questions you are doing. NOTHING. Talking about the test will be an HONOR CODE VIOLATION.
-Turn it in on the day you take the test (12/16) at 8:30 am. LRC will not be open, for you to print, so have it ready at 8;30, so I can sit and read it.
-If you choose not to do this as “take home,” you will see the exact same questions on the test on 12/16.

Medium Essay or Outline. Do 2 out of 3. Page limit: 2.5 (15x2=30)

1. Several of the texts we have read this semester have had elements of the supernatural that serve to move the plot in certain directions / and or enrich the story. Citing three texts, discuss specific examples of the occurrence of the supernatural. Give A) the examples (more than one is best); B) the reasons you believe the author/creator used such images / plot lines and C) the overall effect on you as a reader now and D) the overall effect on the audience at the time the work was written / recited.

2. Buddhism and religion in general clearly influenced Japanese literature. Citing 3 texts, illustrate how Buddhism or religion is a key element in these works. Use specific examples from each text.

3. How has Japanese literature has changed over time? Discuss the first work we read and the last, with various works from in the middle. Be certain to include all the important genres/categories. (You do not have to mention EVERY work over the semester, but give a general sense of the works).

Short essay or outline. Do 2 out of three. Page limit: 1.5 (2x10=20)

A. Describe and discuss Bunraku or Renga. Make sure to include key figures at dates/periods in your description. Do one, not both.

B. Describe the zuihitsu we’ve read this semester and compare and contrast them.

C. Genji is supposed to be the perfect suitor in the Heian period. Give examples of why you believe this is true, and give examples of why you believe this is false. Based on your examples, choose whether you agree or disagree with the statement. (You may not remain undecided.)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

12-06-06 Chikamatsu's Love Suicides at Amijima

According to the reading you've done for today, what do you think the role and value of women was at this time in Japan? What about love? Why do you think there was such a split view between women who were wives, and those that were prostitutes at this time? Do you think this was justified?

Thursday, November 30, 2006

12-01-06 Wabisabi

Of all the examples of wabisabi and other aesthetics in Japanese art mentioned in the reading, which one do you identify most with or think holds the most aesthitic value to you? Can you think of any other examples from your everyday life here that are very wabisabi-ish? How so? Can you make a better definition of wabisabi?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

11-29-06 The Tale of the Heike

Happy vacation everyone! I hope you're all not having too much trouble getting back into the swing of things at school ;) And now, onto a nice comprehensive question to tie together the tale...

Monogatari no Monogatari

Compare the Tale of the Heike and the Tale of Genji. What is different and similar about these two works (go a bit deeper than the obvious "one is about beauty and one is about war. the end.")? Do you think you would have a different view if you had read them in a different order? Any favorite parts that stick out in your mind?

ps- sorry about this being posted after 6! I meant to post it at 4 right when I got home, and then completely spaced out :( sorry!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

In case you didn't get the email from Hogan-sensei:


We were tossing around ideas before about whether or not to have class or cancel it or do a make-up class on Monday, but there were lots of conflicts. So, regular schedule for tomorrow.

And don't forget discussion Board becuse we only have a few left. REMEMBER, you need at *5* posts before the final exam

11-17-06 ToH part 2

Well, there's lots of themes to deal with here, so I'm just going to post a bunch, and feel free to answer bits and pieces, they don't have to be paragraphs long for each, But this way we'll have more to talk about in class tomorrow. SO....

In your opinion, do you think the warriors are happy with their obligations and lot in life? Show some examples of either way. Also, what do you think is the importance of names? Everytime someone joins the story, they shout their name and then die. Or refuse to give their name for various reasons. Why do you think this is such a big deal? And lastly, Do you see lots of references to religion? Do you think this plays a large role in the average samurai's life? Why?

And just for fun, who do you want to win the war? :)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

11-15-06 Tales of the Heike

ToH seems to have a very different style and themes compared to other works that we have read so far. The Hume chapter talks about the concept of bushido. Do you see this in ToH so far? Are there other themes that you feel apply more? Be sure to use examples for your ideas!

Also, just as a side note, what do you think of Kiyomori's character from the two chapters we've read so far? Good guy/bad guy? :)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

11-10-06 Renga cont.

Since we're running a bit low on DiBo's for the rest of the year, here's another one so you can all catch up a bit. So, for today's Dibo, we're focusing a bit more on Renga.

Take two or three of the major poets that we have studied so far this semester and arrange a renga. Do you think this method makes it harder to try to string poems together that make sense, as opposed to just constructing one long poem on your own? Which poets do you think would have fit together to best?