Week 7: peer reviews; Early Kamakura Japan

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Tue Feb. 25: Peer reviews Primary Source 1

Peer reviews are an essential part of becoming a better writer: you receive feedback from multiple voices, and different readers have different insights to help you take your piece to the next level. You also get a chance to see what others have done, and can incorporate some of their techniques and methods, or make suggestions to help them become stronger writers. Writing is not a competition: we’re all in it together!

  • After a brief overview of best practices in peer-reviewing, you will be assigned in class a few primary source analyses from fellow students to provide feedback.
  • Bring an electronic device to class if you want to comment directly on the google docs.
  • I will bring/make printed versions if you prefer to work on paper.

You get a chance to rewrite your paper (from the ground up if you like) and submit a second version by March 6. This version will be graded and incorporated into the mid-term grade some of you require. BUT: if you are not happy with the paper or the grade, you can rewrite it until your portfolio closes on May 4. The mid-term grade is only an indication for the college of how you’re doing so far, in my class it does not count in the final grade.

Thu. Feb. 27: Kamakura Japan

  • Textbook: Varley, pp. 91-105 (stop before paragraph break in the next section)
  • Primary sources:
    • The St Ippen scroll (mentioned in Varley) is available through the e-museum: “The Illustrated Biography of Priest Ippen, emaki. Kamakura period (14th century), 34.3cmx 944.2cm. ULR: http://www.emuseum.jp/detail/100328/001/000?x=4852&y=185&s=2&d_lang=en
    • Kamo no Chōmei. “An Account of My Hut” [Hōjōki]. In Anthology of Japanese Literature: Earliest Era to Mid-nineteenth Century, compiled and edited by Donald Keene, 197-212. Unesco Collection of Representative Works. New York: Grove Press, 1955. (PDF)
            • Chōmei wrote during the same period as the conflict between the Taira and Minamoto took place, but he does not refer to these events in his account. Instead, he writes about the many disasters befalling Japan at that time, and how he retreated from the world. What insights does this text give you into the late Heian, early Kamakura period? What similarities and differences do you find with other literature we have covered so far, for instance in themes, topics, mood?
    • “The Tale of the Dirt Spider.” In Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds: A Collection of Short Medieval Japanese Tales, edited by Keller Kimbrough and Haruo Shirane, 23-30. Translations from the Asian Classics. New York: Columbia Univ. Press 2018. (PDF)
            • Read the text with the pictures from the original emaki (picture scroll) from the Tokyo National Museum
            • This scroll dates from the early fourteenth century, but the hero is Minamoto Yorimitsu (or Raikō) who lived during the Heian period. How do the text and the story interact? What do the pictures add to the story? Do you see connections to materials we saw earlier in class?
            • Read the accompanying encyclopedia article: Zeke Timen, “Ethnicity in Kamakura Japan.” http://hst267.tdh.bergbuilds.domains/encyclopedia/encyclopedia-ethnicity-in-kamakura-japan/
    • “Estate Stewards in Legal Documents”. In Pre-Modern East Asia, to 1800: A Cultural, Social, and Political History. 3rd ed. Edited by Patricia Buckley Ebrey and Anne Walthall, 190-191. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2014. (PDF) (Unfortunately this scan resisted my OCR software, so you can’t highlight the text)
            • Use the questions for analysis in the PDF to understand more about the way the shōgun settled disputes.
  • Slides (Gdrive link)