James Scanlon-Canegata

Courses

EALL 203, HUMS 284, LITR 198

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: Fall 2023
Day/Time: T,Th 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
EALL 224

History of the Japanese Language

This course traces the history of the Japanese language from earliest times to the present through readings on the linguistic and orthographic changes it underwent through its history. The course introduces the basics of phonology and morphology, structural analysis and glossing of Japanese, as well as the development of the phonetic and exegetical writing systems, man’yōgana and kundoku. Readings and discussions include major theories of the origins and history of the Japanese language, as well as significant developments in the social and cultural meanings behind the linguistic study of Japanese in later periods.

Term: Spring 2024
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: Fall 2023
Day/Time: T,Th 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
EALL 524

History of the Japanese Language

This course traces the history of the Japanese language from earliest times to the present through readings on the linguistic and orthographic changes it underwent through its history. The course introduces the basics of phonology and morphology, structural analysis and glossing of Japanese, as well as the development of the phonetic and exegetical writing systems, man’yōgana and kundoku. Readings and discussions include major theories of the origins and history of the Japanese language as well as significant developments in the social and cultural meanings behind the linguistic study of Japanese in later periods.

Term: Spring 2024
Day/Time: T,Th 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
EALL 536

Japanese Poetry and Poetics

Core concepts and traditions of classical Japanese poetry explored through the medium of translation. Readings from anthologies and treatises of the ninth through early twentieth century. Attention to recent critical studies in transcultural poetic theory. Inspection and discussion of related artifacts in the Beinecke Library and the Yale Art Gallery.

Term: Spring 2024
Day/Time: T,Th 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM