The language referred to as classical Japanese (or literary Japanese, kobun, kogo, bungo, bungotai, etc.) was in use from the Heian period to the 20th century, and traces of it remain even in modern Japanese. This course gives students a systematic introduction to the grammar of bungo, through readings in texts from the Heian and medieval periods. By the end of the semester students should be able to read reasonably straightforward passages of bungo with a dictionary. They will also have a deeper understanding of the grammar and structure of modern Japanese, and will become more skilled at using Japanese-Japanese dictionaries. Readings are drawn from Japanese classical literary texts using materials from standard modern annotated editions. Undergraduates enroll in the 400-level section; 500-level section is for graduate students only. Prerequisite: L05 412 or L05 413 (grade of B- or better) , or concurrent registration.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; AS LCD; AS LS