|教員氏名||Maria Lupas（マリア ルパス）|
Comparative Literature 比較文学
What makes a good story and how would you explain in writing why you think a given story is important? In this seminar students learn about the basic elements of a story (characters, setting, story, literary devices) and the basic elements of a non-fiction text (main idea and details). They will practice analyzing story elements of some well-known stories and writing weekly summaries of non-fiction texts such as news articles and essays.
Through readings, discussions about short videos, presentations, and writing, students will practice thinking about and writing about stories and what makes a given story important or enjoyable. In the second year, students will pick a topic of their choosing to analyze and research. Presentations and assignments for the seminar will be in English.
Through the practice of explaining, deepening, researching, and supporting their ideas in English, students will be better prepared to express themselves in their professional and personal lives.
By doing weekly summaries of news articles or other non-fiction texts, students will be better prepared to answer questions during interviews for job opportunities or university transfer.
The study of literature can be useful for students interested in popular culture, languages, art, and film. It also helps develop critical thinking and writing skills.
In addition, students will also write their seminar thesis (ゼミ論文) in English with support and feedback from the teacher. Writing in English is an accomplishment that students can be proud of in their future lives and careers.
Students who want to have a challenge and do a seminar in English might enjoy this class. There is no minimum English requirement, so inside the class students may have very different English language skills and abilities. Most handouts will be in English and Japanese and we will try to help each other understand the content. Students should be prepared to come to every class session, to study regularly on their own, to speak up in class, and to make mistakes and learn from them. Some of the content will be specialized in literature, but literature will be understood in a very broad sense.