This course is a survey of Japanese literature. Material will be presented in a chronological and thematic fashion, with the aim of providing students with an overall view of literary trends. Content may include: selected classical poetry and literature (Noh drama, poetry, diaries, and epic histories of the early feudal and Warring States Period, scenarios of puppet drama and kabuki drama, novellas, feudal period poetry); post-Meiji literature, and post WWII literature. The class format will include lectures and discussion. Preparation for class (i.e. doing the reading) is an important part of your grade. All materials are in English translation; no knowledge of Japanese is required.