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 2022
Day/Time: T,Th 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
EALL 236, LITR 181

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 centuries. Attention to recent critical studies in transcultural poetic theory. Inspection and discussion of related artifacts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Yale University Art Gallery

Term: Spring 2023
Day/Time: W 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
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 2022
Day/Time: T,Th 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
EALL 504, RLST 860

Religion in Japanese Literary Arts

This course explores the deep relationship between various religious orientations and the literary output of Japan, from the earliest forms of writing and inscription to more contemporary forms of digital media. While the course focuses on Buddhism, Shinto, and Daoism specifically, we also explore the interaction of Western religions with Japanese culture, as well as the development of uniquely hybrid and syncretic forms of practice and belief. We also attempt to interrogate our own Western predispositions in conceptualizing what counts as “religious,” “literary,” and even “Japanese.” While attempting to balance both depth and range, the course covers most major time periods and an array of literary genres.

Term: Spring 2023
Day/Time: M 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
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 2023
Day/Time: W 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM