Ancient Japanese Canon Peripheries

This working group meets bimonthly to discuss reading selections centering on ancient Japanese myths, historical episodes, and songs/poems hearkening back to an eroding oral tradition, centering on texts such as the Kojiki, Nihon shoki, and Fudoki. Some example themes are canon studies and peripheral texts, the function of myth, oral and written narrative, historical uses of myth, and myth and modernity. We will also study the peculiarities of writing in the time before the establishment of native script. Creative approaches to the texts are encouraged, including creative writing or work through or in translation.