Wallace's Premodern Japanese Literature & Culture Pages

— John R Wallace, Univ. of Calif. Berkeley —


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Spring 2020 Early Notices

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING TAKING ONE OF MY CLASSES SPRING 2020: I suggest you listen to whatever of the below short audios is relevant to your situation. (Perhaps the active learning segment is relevant to everyone.) After listening, you might want to consider looking for a different class. You are welcome in my class, but my approach isn't always a good fit for students and some aspects of class might surprise you at a time when it is too late to do anything about it. (By the way, pardon for the strange sounding voice sometimes. I'm trying to learn to talk more slowly for things like this....) Note! Audio launches automatically when you click on a link.

WHEN TELEBEARS IS PREVENTING YOU FROM ENROLLING INTO ONE OF MY COURSES: The courses I teach are managed by the EA Lang department in a way that helps insure majors can enroll, and so fulfill department requirements. If you are interested in the class and it is full, get on the waitlist. If the waitlist is full, come to the first class anyway. Many who are seeking to enter actually drop, once they get a full sense of what the class is like. I cannot estimate your chances of enrollment because class selection strategies for my courses are changing and past experience is not a good indicator of current courses.  

Notice on accommodations

I saw an email about student accommodations after I composed and posted my syllabi. There is a new website that collects together resources for teachers and students around accommodation requests and needs. It is called Academic Accommodations Hub. I am pasting in here the recommended paragraph from that new website. I agree with all of the below.

Communicating with students regarding reasonable accommodation requests

Students are often hesitant to request accommodations. You can help by assuring them that reasonable academic accommodations are their right and exist in order for them to have a fair chance at academic success. Encourage students to request academic accommodations through the campus offices that exist for this purpose, and are staffed by professionals.

You can make it easier for students by including a link to this website on your syllabus and by using some or all of the following talking points when you go over your syllabus in class.

  • "Seeking accommodations is your right and an act of strength, not weakness. Seeking helping is a smart and courageous thing to do - for yourself and for those who care about you."
  • "In providing the accommodations, I won't ask and don't need to know the details of what might be affecting you. That's why we have offices that you can go to who will request the accommodation on your behalf."
  • "In the event I suspect you need additional support, I may express my reasons for concern and remind you of the resources available."
  • "I'm a Responsible Employee, so if you share with me that you or another person has experienced sexual harassment/violence, I need to share that information with OPHD, our campus Title IX office. Confidential resources are listed on this webpage."

Spring 2020 — Course syllabus, bCourse access, session-by-session details


  1. Because you missed the orientation, read the syllabus cover to cover, with care. Do not rely on the word of others.   
  2. Read the Table of Contents of "Syllabus, Part 2" (like is below).
  3. Read the "Active Learning" portion of "Syllabus, Part 2". so get a sense of the amount of involvement the class will require, which might be more than you expect.
  4. Read  "Syllabus key points" at Session Details.
  5. Go to Session Details for the class you are joining, and catch-up with the reading by the next session you will be attending.
  6. It is not possible to make up missed assignments. You will need to take whatever grade consequences there are when arriving late. That being said, students fully committed to the class will likely find that they can "bury" these early grade consequences by consistent work going forward.

*J173 is the easiest class to join late. Next would be J177. It is also not that difficult to join late. EA109 covers material very quickly from the first day. Once a week has passed, it is not wise to join this class. You may never be in "A" grade range.

J 173
Modern Japanese short narratives

("Jse Short Narratives")

J173Sp20 bCourse site
(requires login)

J173Sp20 Session Details

J173Sp20 Syllabus
(at Session Details)

J 177
Rancor and Revenge in Japanese literature


*pronounced "oo-rah-me"

If you are unable to enroll because of a full class or waitlist, read the above note "WHEN TELEBEARS IS PREVENTING YOU FROM ENROLLING INTO ONE OF MY COURSES"

J177Sp20 bCourse site
(requires login)

J177Sp20 Session Details

J177Sp20 Syllabus
(at Session Details)
not yet available

Policies, rules and standards for all my courses

Course standards with direct impact on final grades

Fundamental Course Standards

How grades are calculated, etc.


Expectations and formal requirements for essays and other written assignments


Web pages on this site for specific courses

Japanese Lit & Culture Course dictionary ("Mini-Dictionary")


A course dictionary of terms and the concepts they represent that are used frequently in my course instructions and grading rubrics that the student needs to understand in order to score well.

Ōe Kenzaburō Reading Companion Web Page by Wallace


Titles, people, places, and terms in premodern and modern Japanese literature.

Film modules for EA105 "Interpreting Love Narratives (ILN)"

2046 | 3-Iron | Chunhyang | Dolls | Farewell my Concubine (currently no support page) | House of Flying Daggers | Norwegian Wood | Three Times | Tokyo Sonata (currently no support page) | Tony Takitani (currently no support page)

Request recommendation letter support

Instructions here.

More or less permanent pages

These panels lead to pages on the imperial poetry collection Selection of Poems Old and New (Kokin waka shū), The Tale of Genji and Heian culture, and The Tale of Heike. Each of these was developed for lecture series at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco or for classes at UC-Berkeley but have been modified over time. They are intended for a general audience. The code supporting them is quite old.