Wallace's Premodern Japanese Literature & Culture Pages

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


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Fall 2019 — Course syllabus, bCourse access, session-by-session details

Interpreting Love Narratives (ILN)

EA105Fa19 bCourse course site (not yet available)

EA105Fa19 Session Details (not yet available)

EA105Fa19 Syllabus (not yet available)

If on the waitlist and interested in joining Typically about 10-15% of the registered students drop once they see the amount of work expected and understand better the course content. You can keep that in mind. Procedures: 1) navigate to my "Active Learning" statement in "Policies" below (currently in "Syllabus, Part 2" but that might change as I refresh content), read it carefully, ask whether you can devote that much time to the class; 2) look at the textbook (ILN, link below) and ask whether you are ready to think analytically; 3) email me your interest; 4) attend the first class.

J 120
Premodern Japanese Grammar

J120 bCourse course site (not yet available)

J120Fa19 Session Details (not yet available)

J120Fa19 Syllabus (not yet available)

This class has a prerequisite: completion of J10B or permission by instructor.

J 159
Oe Kenzaburo

J159Fa19 bCourse course site (not yet available)

J159Fa19 Session Details (not yet available)

J159Fa19 Syllabus (not yet available)

This class has a prerequisite: Japanese 100A (may be taken concurrently) or permission by instructor.

Policies, rules and standards for all my courses

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.

Reading Companion for Oe Kenzaburo


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)

Future classes (tentative)

Spring 2020:

  • J 173 – Modern Japanese literature in translation: short narrative (no prerequisites)
  • J 177 Urami – Rancor and Revenge in Japanese Literature (no prerequisites)
  • EALANG 109 – History of the Culture of Tea in China and Japan (no prerequisites)

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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. The code supporting them is quite old.