Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code ASB13001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 英米文学演習
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Seminar in British and American Literature
キド ミツヨ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 3rd-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Tues5-8:IAS J201
Lesson Style Seminar Lesson Style
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Text reading, Group discussion, presentation   
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 05 : Literature
Eligible Students
Keywords British and American literature, culture and society--the art of short fiction  
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of "Japanese and Japanese culture"  and "foreign languages and foreign culture" which are prerequisite abilities for communication with peoples in different culture and areas.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability and skills to collect and analyze necessary literature or data among various sources of information on individual academic disciplines.
・The abilities and skills to summarize one's own research in reports or academic papers, and to deliver presentations at a seminar or research meetings, and to answer questions. 
Class Objectives
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In this class, students are expected to learn various sophisticated English expressions and styles, along with techniques regarding English-Japanese translation, through reading 19th and 20th British and American short stories and discussing them with their classmates.  This class also aims to provide students with background knowledge about British and American cultures and societies so they can gain a deeper understanding of the works discussed in the class. 
Class Schedule lesson1: Introduction--How to read English short stories
lesson2: Overview of excerpts in English textbooks for American students
lesson3: The art of short fiction 1 (characters, points of view, and settings)
lesson4: The art of short fiction 2 (plots and motifs)
lesson5: The art of short fiction 3 (symbols and metaphors)
lesson6: Aimee Bender "The Rememberer"
lesson7: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. "Long Walk To Forever"
lesson8: Kazuo Ishiguro, ”A Village after Dark”
lesson9: Amy Tang "Fish Cheeks" & "Mother Tongue" (1)
lesson10: Amy Tang "Fish Cheeks" & "Mother Tongue" (2)
lesson11: Nathaniel Hawthorne "The Minister's Black Vail" (1)
lesson12: Nathaniel Hawthorne "The Minister's Black Vail" (2)
lesson13: Alice Walker "Everyday Use" (1)
lesson14:Alice Walker "Everyday Use" (2)
lesson15: Wrap-up

Term paper of 1000 words in English or 2500 characters in Japanese is assigned. 
Handouts are distributed in class. 
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Students are expected to read the distributed handouts before each class and share their opinions in the class. 
Grading Method Students will be evaluated based on class attendance (60 %) and a final essay (40 %). 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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