Welcome to
John R Wallace's

Premodern Japanese Literature & Culture Public Website

I also have a membership page at Humanities Commons that introduces me: https://hcommons.org/members/johnrobertwallace/

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Find me:
Office — Dwinelle 5110 on the Cal campus
Office Hours
*Updated Aug 14, 2018

Some of my classes have been podcast in the past and can be found online.

CAL Students:

About how the class is taught

Key things to keep in mind

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J7A Session Details

Japan 7A Fall 2018 Syllabus

Grades, course policies, academic integrity, and accommodations

J120 Session Details

Japan 120 Fall 2018 Syllabus (not yet available)

Grades, course policies, academic integrity, and accommodations

Japan 177 Fall 2018 Syllabus (not yet available)

J177 Session Details (not yet available)

Grades, course policies, academic integrity, and accommodations

(Titles, people, places, terms in Premodern and Modern Japanese literature)

Reading Companion page for Oe Kenzaburo works

Thinking about taking one of my classes?

Some of my class descriptions and audio commments by me are here.


In Spring 2019  I will be teaching:

J130 (not sure about the online version: this class will focus on haiku, in the original)

J159 (online version is out-of-date—I will be changing emphasis

EA109 (online description is reasonable close to what I will do)


In Summer 2019, it is possible I will again teach EA105

Film modules (in support of EA105 "Core Romantic Values")
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 page)

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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.




Contents of these pages copyright 2003–2018 by John R. Wallace