Final Papers Due 5:00
PM, Wednesday, December 22
Teaching Assistant: TBA
Analytical papers: The instructor will provide a list a topics from which students may select. Topics may be modified or expanded in accordance with student interests with approval of the instructor.
Examinations: There will be two examinations. Examinations will include short essays and identification questions.
Quizzes: There will be a very short quiz on most class days on the assigned readings, video, or performance. The lowest three quizzes will be dropped. There will be no makeups for quizzes except in the case of extended illness. Otherwise DON'T ASK.
Absence: There is no specific penalty for absence,
but students who are absent will lose the points for that day's quiz.
Brazell, Karen. Traditional Japanese Theater. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000.
Keene, Donald, ed. Major Plays of Chikamatsu. New York: Columbia University Press, 1962..
Tyler, Royall, trans & ed.. Japanese Noh Dramas. New York: Penguin Books, 1992.
Varley, Paul. Japanese Culture. (Fourth Edition). Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 2000.
Course Reader. Available early October.
September 8 Course Overview
September 13 Readings: Encyclopedia Britannica article on Japan; & Varley, pp. 1~47
September 15 Readings: Varley, pp. 48~90; "Elements
of Performance" (pp. 115~125) & "Kamo" (pp. 44~60) in Brazell
September 20 Readings: Varley, pp. 91~139; "Atsumori" (pp. 126~142), "Izutsu" (pp. 143~157), & "Yamamba" (pp. 207~226) in Brazell.
September 22 Readings: "Miidera" (pp. 158~178), "Shunkan"
(pp. 179~192), "Dojoji" (pp. 193~206) in Brazell.
September 27 Readings: TBA
September 29 Readings: "Komachi at Sekidera"
in Tyler and "Sotoba Komachi" available online at
October 4 Readings: "Two Daimyo" (pp. 226~234), "The Delicious Poison" (pp. 235~244), "Mushrooms" (pp. 245~254), & "The Snail" (pp. 255~266) in Brazell.
October 6 Readings: "The 'Sickley' Stomach" (pp. 267~275),
"Kanaoka" (pp. 276~283), "The Cicada" (pp. 284~291) & "Other Performance
Traditions" (pp. 292~294) in Brazell.
October 11 NO CLASS
October 13 Readings: "The 'Sickley' Stomach" (pp.
267~275), "Kanaoka" (pp. 276~283), "The Cicada" (pp. 284~291) & "Other
Performance Traditions" (pp. 292~294) in Brazell.
October 18 EXAM 1 Covers only
No Drama (no Kyogen)
October 20 No reading assignment. Bring
Brazell to class
October 25 Readings: "Elements of Performance" (pp.
303~313), "The Awaji Tradition" (pp. 393~397), & "The Song of Sambaso"
(398~407) in Brazell; "Keisei
Awa no Naruto" (click on title to download MSWord version of "Naruto")
October 27 Reading: Varley,
pp 140~204; "The Love Suicides at Sonezaki" in Keene; "The Love Suicides
at Amijima" (pp. 333~364) in Brazell.
November 1 Reading: "The Battles of Coxinga," "The First Note of Spring," and "At the Farmhouse" in Brazell.
November 3 Reading: "The Woman Killer
and the Hell of Oil" and "Courier from Hell" in Keene.
Week 10 Bunraku and Kabuki
November 8 Reading: "The Drum of the Waves of Horikawa" and "Yosaku from Tamba" and "Appendix I: A note on Prostitution in Chikamatsu's Plays" in Keene.
November 10 Reading: "The Girl from Hakata, or Love at Sea" and
"The Uprooted Pine" in Keene. "Yaoya Oshichi" & "The Pilgrim's Song"
(coursepack) "The Miracle of the Tsubosaka Kannon" (Brazell, pp.
November 15 Reading: Reading: The Head of Mary (coursepack )
November 17 Reading: TBA
November 22 No Class--Thursday Schedule
November 24 ??
November 29 Reading: "Dojoji," (coursepack or on reserve) & TBA
Reading: Varley, pp 235~303; "Sotoba Komachi" & "The Damask
December 6 Reading: "Kantan" (coursepack) & TBA
December 8 Reading: TBA
December 13 Final Paper Guidelines--See Below
FINAL WRITING PROJECT J235
1. Select a story from Western history or legend that can be made to
fit into the model of a No drama. That means that you will need to make
your choice with an eye toward focusing on just two (or maybe three or
four) characters whose relationship is appropriate to the kind that you
find between the shite and waki of No drama.
2. Indicate which character is the shite and which is the waki (and which are shitezure, wakizure, or ai, if you choose to include these parts).
3. Write a synopsis of what your No play would be, including enough background information so that we can understand the characters and their situations. (200 words)
4. Write a page of script of your No play, preferably the part of the second act in which the shite reveals his identity.
5. Write an essay describing how your No play fits the No paradigm. Explain how your play fulfills the expectations of No drama. Cite parallel examples from traditional Japanese No plays that support the argument that your play also qualifies as No. (1000+ words).
Submit your paper under the door of my office (Herter 329) by 5:00 PM
on Wednesday, December 22.
The final exam will cover all material that we have read and discussed
in class, inlcudiing No drama, which was covered on the mid-term exam.
That said, it will focus on the following:
Sotaba Komachi (traditional No play) at the following URL: http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-japanese?specfile=/web/data/japanese/search/japanese.o2w&act=text&lang=en&offset=60193743&textreg=1&query=sotoba&query2=&id=TylSoto
The Sickley Stomach
The Delicious Poison
The Song of Sambaso
The Miracle of the Tsubosaka Kannon
Komachi at Sekidera
The Damask Drum
The Love Suicides at Sonezaki
The Love Suicides at Amijima
The Courier for Hell
The Woman Killerand the Hell of Oil
Gonza the Lancer
Sotaoba Komachi (modern version by Yukio Mishima)
Damask Drum (modern version by Yukio Mishima)
The Head of Mary
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