Wallace's Premodern Japanese Literature & Culture Pages

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


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Some of my classes are podcast and can be found online.

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Office — while I have an office Dwinelle Hall, Rm 5110, on the Cal campus, I am off-campus now, connecting via Zoom

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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 web page."

Spring 2021

About my Spring 2021 courses (early information)

Below are statements (some in print form, others in video (or just the audio of the video) for students who are not familiar with my approach to classes and which should be viewed before they commit to taking a course with me.

Wellness and stress | Course syllabus | bCourse access | Session Detail— what to prepare, what we will do

When links are available the buttons will turn blue or green.

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)

COVID-19 links

Links to WHO, CDC and the independent COVID Tracking Project:

Campus and local web sites:

Articles I found informative:

Statistics global to regional:

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.