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1 Japan’s Classical Age (Volume B)

2 Background

3 Chinese-Style Writing vernacular Japanese Chinese-style writing, kanbun Buddhist clergy and imperial administration inflection and use of characters/ alphabet “brush talk”

4 Nara Court (710–784) Yamato clan, 710 C.E. Chinese city planning influence writing and political influence Records of Ancient Matters, 712 C.E. Chronicles of Japan, 720 C.E.

5 Religion Shinto, “Way of the Gods” Buddhism Confucianism

6 Heian Court Culture (794–1185) imperial court and Buddhist clergy new capital at Kyoto, 794 C.E. “Capital of Peace” scenarios in literature court diaries language and content

7 Aristocratic Women highly educated segregation from men/ gender assymetry Heian imperial court life

8 Waka Poetry syllable pattern seasonal phenomena romantic love commemorative purposes contests Emperor Daigo The Kokinshu, 905

9 Kana Syllabary

10 Fujiwara Clan

11 Medieval Japan and Warrior Rule twelfth century civil war Heike and Genji warrior clans shogun rule through feudal system role of Buddhist minstrels patronage of the arts

12 Warrior Rule (continued) increased access to education warrior values retreat from government and city Chomei, “An Account of a Ten-Square-Foot Hut” Kenko, Essays in Idleness

13 Japan 700–1400

14 Which two writing systems were used in classical Japan? a. vernacular Japanese and “Literary Chinese” b. vernacular Chinese and “Literary Japanese” c. vernacular Japanese and “Literary English” d. vernacular Japanese and “Literary Japanese” Test Your Knowledge

15 Ruling from the fourth through the eighth century, the Yamato clan commissioned the production of “historical” texts for what purpose? a. to celebrate Japan’s literary culture b. to record familial relationships c. to legitimate Yamato rule d. to entertain the reading public Test Your Knowledge

16 Heian waka was a form of what? a. Japanese vernacular b. prose c. poetry d. drama Test Your Knowledge

17 The Tale of Genji was written by ___________. a. a man b. a woman c. we don’t know d. court poets Test Your Knowledge

18 Literature of Japan’s medieval period tended to be dominated by what kind of themes? a. domestic b. political c. allegorical d. military Test Your Knowledge

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