Edward Kamens

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Sumitomo Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures
203-432-2862
Address: 
320 York St, Room 310, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
Pre-modern Japanese Literature
Region: 
Japan

Courses

EALL 203, LITR 197

The Tale of Genji

A reading of the central work of prose fiction in the Japanese classical tradition in its entirety (in English translation) along with some examples of predecessors, parodies, and adaptations (the latter include Noh plays and twentieth-century short stories). Topics of discussion include narrative form, poetics, gendered authorship and readership, and the processes and premises that have given The Tale of Genji its place in “world literature.” Attention will also be given to the text’s special relationship to visual culture.

Term: Spring 2017
Day/Time: T,Th 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
EALL 503

The Tale of Genji

A reading of the central work of prose fiction in the Japanese classical tradition in its entirety (in English translation) along with some examples of predecessors, parodies, and adaptations (the latter include Noh plays and twentieth-century short stories). Topics of discussion include narrative form, poetics, gendered authorship and readership, and the processes and premises that have given The Tale of Genji its place in world literature. Attention is also given to the text’s special relationship to visual culture.

Term: Spring 2017
Day/Time: T,Th 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
EALL 720

Studies in Premodern Japanese Literature

A research seminar. Students pursue individual topics in pre-seventeenth-century literature and share readings and analyses for discussion on a rotating basis. 

Term: Spring 2017
Day/Time: W 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
EALL 759

Studies in the Man’yōshū

Close study of the anthology and consultation in a variety of commentaries and critiques. Students carry out research projects on topics of their choice. 

Term: Fall 2016
Day/Time: W 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
JAPN 170

Introduction to Literary Japanese

Introduction to the grammar and style of the premodern literary language (bungotai) through a variety of texts.

Term: Fall 2016
Day/Time: M,W,F 9:25 AM - 10:15 AM