Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code AQS00101 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Invitation to World Literature (世界文学への誘い)
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Invitation to World Literature
シュラルプ ハンス ミヒャエル,リグスビー カーティス アンドリュー,キド ミツヨ,グラジディアン マリア ミハエラ,スギキ ツネヒコ,ロリヤール オリヴィエ アラン,マトバ イヅミ,フェレイロ ポッセ ダマソ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Mon5-6:IAS K204
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
(More Details)
lecture, presentation, discussion 
Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 05 : Literature
Eligible Students students from all faculties
Keywords World literature, American literature, English literature, French literature, French comedy, German literature, Indian literature, modern Japanese literature, contemporary Japanese literature, nationalism, romanticism, revolution, goth culture, exile literature, life of the Buddha, globalism, loneliness, Goethe, Chamisso, Mary Shelley, Nabokov, Leo Tolstoy, Dazai Osamu, Murakami Haruki, Kafka 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
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within Educational
By discussing several works of world literature, this course encourages students to become more acquainted with various cultures and thus deepen and enhance their intercultural competences. 
Criterion referenced
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of the importance and characteristics of each discipline and basic theoretical framework.
(Abilities and Skills)
・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.

Integrated Global Studies
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding of the important characteristics and basic theoretical framework of individual academic disciplines.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability to summarize one's own research in reports or academic papers, deliver presentations at seminars or research meetings, and explain it in an easy way so that people in different cultures and areas of specialization understand. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
Factual information provides one way to arrive at a broader understanding of the richness and complexity of cultures, their specific practices, ideas and historical backgrounds. In addition to this rather intellectual access, the careful reading of literary works highly appreciated in these cultures can give us a practical idea of how people really experienced life under these specific conditions. This empathetical approach might not only deepen understanding of a certain culture but also widen horizons in which we perceive the world in general and ourselves as part of it―an attitude of great importance in this increasingly global world.
This course provides an introduction into world literature covering literary works from America, England, France, Germany, Japan, India, as well as Russia. It is conducted by lecturers with different cultural backgrounds, and different areas of expertise. Designed to clarify socio-historical settings of works discussed to aid fruitful understanding, participants consider the role literature plays or has played in different cultures, as well as its contribution to future intercultural understanding. 
Class Schedule Lesson 1, Part 1: Guidance; Part 2: The Idea of World Literature in Times of Rising Nationalism: Facets of German Literature 1795-1835
Lesson 2: Reading Arya Shura's Garland of Birth Stories (Jatakamala): Ancient Indian Narratives of the Buddha's Previous Lives
Lesson 3: Servants and Masters in French Comedy: a Revolutionary Spirit
Lesson 4: The Rise of Gothic Culture and Its Evolution: From "Frankenstein“ to "The Walking Dead“
Lesson 5: World Literature and Vladimir Nabokov
Lesson 6: Towards a Fragmentary Self: Murakami Haruki's Literature in Times of Global Loneliness
Lesson 7: Rethinking the concept of World Literature: the Role Modern Japanese Literature Assumes in it
Lesson 8: The Origin & Structure of the Bible

Students are required to hand in a paper at the end or to present a paper in class. 
Primary sources:
Lesson 1: Damrosch, David. What Is World Literature? Princeton, Oxford, 2003. (1st chapter, p. 1-36)
Lesson 2: Meiland, Justin. Garland of the Buddha's Past Lives Vols. 1 and 2 (Clay Sanskrit Library), Clay Sanskrit, 2017. 
PC or AV used in
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Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
As works of literature are notoriously difficult to appreciate by summary alone, students are advised to read as many works as possible before the course starts. 
Grading Method Report, class performance. 
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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