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Course Description / Objectives  本講義は日本の現代文学の中から村上春樹等や江國香織、よしもとばなな等の短編小説を教材として扱う。文脈の中で語彙・表現の学習を行うとともに、大意取りや行間を読むといった読解を行う。また、文章中にどのようなレトリックが使われているか、それらのレトリックがどのような効果を及ぼしているかに着目し、グループディスカッションを通して文学作品をより深く理解していく。
 講義の進め方は、作品ごとにまず、作者についての情報を共有し、次に読解を行う。そして、グループ作業でレトリックの分析を行い、発表する。
Course Schedule [第 1回] ガイダンス、レトリックとは
[第 2回] 自己紹介、作品1 筆者紹介、作品読解
[第 3回] 作品1 レトリックの分析
[第 4回] 作品2 筆者紹介、作品読解
[第 5回] レトリックの種類(1)、作品2 レトリックの分析
[第 6回] 作品3 筆者紹介、作品読解
[第 7回] 作品3 レトリックの分析
[第 8回] 作品4 筆者紹介、作品読解
[第 9回] 作品4 レトリックの分析
[第10回] レトリックの種類(2)
[第11回] 作品5 筆者紹介、作品読解
[第12回] 作品5 レトリックの分析
[第13回] レトリックのまとめ
[第14回] 発表
[第15回] 発表
Textbook 短編小説
Book of references 『日本語のレトリック 文章表現の技法』 瀬戸賢一著 岩波ジュニア新書
Grading Method 出席 30%、提出物 20%、参加度 10%、
最終プレゼンテーション 40%(口頭発表20%、ドラフトや資料など20%)
Note  語彙リストを配布するので、授業で作品を読む前に事前に読んでおくことが望ましい。
 最終回の発表は、グループまたはペアによるレトリックの分析とする。作品は各自で選ぶこと。
 
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Frohe Ostern! Happy Easter! 2008   
01:26am 24/03/2008
   
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My Family   
10:53am 04/02/2008
   
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Slideshow   
03:19pm 23/01/2008
   
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The boys and I went golfing..   
05:57pm 08/07/2007
 

golfinggroup, originally uploaded by grid1775.

Well ok so it wasn't golfing, but putting. Dadio wasn't able to do full out golfing, but the putting course is still fun enough! Mont, Joe, and I hit a bucket of balls and then it was the show down. I lost! But I haven't lost my drive, I'm going to practice and those mofo's will see. Muhaha.

 
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we are merely a part of the ceaseless becoming of the universe. understanding of the true nature   
02:39pm 25/06/2007
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Buddhists say that there are four noble truth's

1. Life means suffering.
2. The origin of suffering is attachment.
3. The cessation of suffering is attainable.
4. There is a path to the cessation of suffering.

We inevitably endure pain, sickness, injury, tiredness, old age, and eventually death. We have to endure psychological suffering like sadness, fear, frustration, disappointment, and depression. Although there are positive experiences in life that we perceive as the opposite of suffering, life in its totality is imperfect because our world is subject to impermanence. We are never able to keep what we strive for, and just as happy moments pass by, we ourselves and our loved ones will pass away one day.

The origin of suffering is attachment to transient things and the ignorance thereof. Transient things do not only include the physical objects that surround us, but also ideas, and -in a greater sense- all objects of our perception. Ignorance is the lack of understanding of how our mind is attached to impermanent things. The reasons for suffering are desire, passion, ardor, pursue of wealth and prestige, striving for fame and popularity. Because the objects of our attachment are transient, their loss is inevitable, thus suffering will necessarily follow. Objects of attachment also include the idea of a "self" which is a delusion, because there is no abiding self. What we call "self" is just an imagined entity, and we are merely a part of the ceaseless becoming of the universe.

Unmaking of sensual craving and conceptual attachment by attaining dispassion. Extinguish all forms of clinging and attachment. This means that suffering can be overcome through human activity, simply by removing the cause of suffering. Attaining and perfecting dispassion ultimately results in Nirvana. Nirvana means freedom from all worries, troubles, complexes, fabrications and ideas. Nirvana is not comprehensible for those who have not attained it.

There is a path to the end of suffering - a gradual path of self-improvement, which is described more detailed in the Eightfold Path. It is the middle way between the two extremes of excessive self-indulgence (hedonism) and excessive self-mortification (asceticism); every individual rebirth is subject to karmic conditioning. Craving, ignorance, delusions, and its effects will disappear gradually, as progress is made on the path.

1. Right View

Right view simply means to see and to understand things as they really are. It is the cognitive aspect of wisdom, to grasp the impermanent and imperfect nature of worldly objects and ideas, and to understand the law of karmic conditioning. Right view is not necessarily an intellectual capacity, just as wisdom is not just a matter of intelligence. Instead, right view is attained, sustained, and enhanced through all capacities of mind. It begins with the intuitive insight that all beings are subject to suffering and it ends with complete understanding of the true nature of all things. Since our view of the world forms our thoughts and our actions, right view yields right thoughts and right actions.

2. Right Intention

While right view refers to the cognitive aspect of wisdom, right intention refers to the kind of mental energy that controls our actions. Right intention can be described best as commitment to ethical and mental self-improvement.

1. resistance to the pull of desire.
2. resistance to feelings of anger and aversion.
3. not to think or act cruelly, violently, or aggressively, and to develop compassion.

3. Right Speech

The importance of speech in the context of ethics is obvious: words can break or save lives, make enemies or friends, start war or create peace.

1. Abstain from false speech, deliberate lies and don't speak deceitfully.
2. Abstain from slander and don't to use words maliciously against others.
3. Abstain from harsh words that offend or hurt others.
4. Speak friendly, warm, and gently.

4. Right Action

Right action means to act kindly and compassionately, to be honest, to respect the belongings of others, and to keep sexual relationships harmless to others.

5. Right Livelihood

Right livelihood means that one should earn one's living in a righteous way and that wealth should be gained legally and peacefully. Abstain from activities that harm other beings: 1. dealing in weapons, 2. dealing in living beings (including raising animals for slaughter as well as slave trade and prostitution), 3. working in meat production and butchery, and 4. selling intoxicants and poisons, such as alcohol and drugs. Furthermore any other occupation that would violate the principles of right speech and right action should be avoided.

6. Right Effort

Without effort nothing can be achieved. Mental energy is the force behind right effort; it can occur in either wholesome or unwholesome states. The same type of energy that fuels desire, envy, aggression, and violence can on the other side fuel self-discipline, honesty, benevolence, and kindness. Right effort is detailed in four types of endeavors that rank in ascending order of perfection:

1. Prevent the arising of unarisen unwholesome states.
2. Abandon unwholesome states that have already arisen.
3. Arouse wholesome states that have not yet arisen.
4. Maintain and perfect wholesome states already arisen.

7. Right Mindfulness

Right mindfulness is the controlled and perfected faculty of cognition. It is the mental ability to see things as they are, with clear consciousness. It enables us to be aware of the process of conceptualization in a way that we actively observe and control the way our thoughts go.

Four foundations of mindfulness:

1. contemplation of the body
2. contemplation of feeling (repulsive, attractive, or neutral),
3. contemplation of the state of mind
4. contemplation of the phenomena

8. Right Concentration

The development of concentration. Concentration in this context is described as one-pointedness of mind, meaning a state where all mental faculties are unified and directed onto one particular object; concentration on wholesome thoughts and actions. First directed onto self, then sustains concentration, and finally intensifies concentration step by step. Through this practice it becomes natural to apply elevated levels concentration also in everyday situations.

--Borrowed from the universal consciousness.
http://www.thebigview.com/contents.html
 
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Perniciousness of the human condition. Ubermensch for me.   
09:23pm 15/05/2007
  I am free from false humility (self-devaluation for the sake of social acceptance) and false pride (delusions of vanity). Society, on the other hand, engages in sadomasochistic applications of pernicious belief systems that they attempt to label humility; doublespeak. Deplorable is this! And the result, well the result is hostility in one, brought about by feelings of inadequacy or jealousy of another, when this other does not comply with societal perversion.

check it out..

"Nietzsche wrote of humility as a weakness, a false virtue which concealed the frailties and hidden crookedness in its holder. His idealized ubermensch would be more apt to roam around unfettered by pretensions of humility, proud of his stature and power, but not reveling idly in it, and certainly not displaying hubris."

Look at the following examples:

"No, I am not tall!"
-Says the 7ft man. What is wrong with being tall? Why must he lie? Is it more virtuous to lie and say he is not 7ft tall than to be honest about it and seem arrogant?

"No, I am not fashionable, get out of town!"
-Says the Gucci model. What's wrong with being fashionable? Should the model deny that he's fashionable to be societally acceptable, falsely humble?

"No, I am not beautiful, you're too kind."
-Says the beauty queen. What's wrong with being beautiful? What's more, what's wrong with admitting that you're beautiful? Are we so perverted that we have to deny reality to make someone not feel badly? Isn't it known that one can not control how others react? That each individual is responsible for their own reaction to their perceived reality?

Why is vanity negative? Because vanity necessarily implies an untrue claim; false value. But these above examples are true. It is, therefore, necessarily the case that these are not instances of vanity, but rather descriptions of reality.

I'll refuse to play these games. I refuse to overstate or deprecate my own worth, essential characteristics, etc. My talents and accomplishments will not be devalued for the sake of receiving praise or adulation from the likes of anyone, no will they be used to harm.

Afterall.. Jibunnokotoga sukidehanakattara watashinoseidehanaiyo ;) *bye*
 
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My dad's dying   
06:24pm 22/12/2006
 
mood: sad
I just found out my dad has two large tumors in his liver. No words. They're inoperable and he'll have to have chemo therapy; little to no chance.

"You'll be lucky to celebrate another Christmas together."

Thanks!

I'm glad I've been spending time with them over this past year, but I have to admit I suspected something. It's as though something was holding me here. . like things are happening according to some plan. Can I know what's going on please?

Buddhists believe life is suffering. Maybe they're right.. sometimes I hope their wrong. Pray for my dadio. He's too good to go so young. 49 years old. *sigh*
 
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I loathe conditional love   
03:52pm 02/07/2006
 
mood: mood?
Ranting? Yes please.

Engaged in layers of thought, everything fades to gray; it's all so seemingly relative. I'm a good person but I want to be better. What is better?

A while back my aunt and I were talking about afterlife beliefs. Mormons believe in a 3 tiered heaven where the best of the best go to the highest kingdom, and so on. I think if anything exists at all (I still pay validity to the skeptic's argument) it's all the same.

"Hitler goes to the same place as Grandma?" She asked.

"That's right."

She didn't like that.

Nice people, but elitism combined with a dense, destructive nature is vile. Using religion to hate, to separate and cause pain is vile. I loathe conditional love. Not for me! And though I will not blind myself to "fit in," I can still listen.

There's a philosophic question about the importance between right motivation and right action. When right action comes from wrong motivation is it less right? What about when right motivations produce the most wrong of actions?

We all have our own light, our own conscious, "holy ghost," "Jesus," "Allah," source, whatever you want to call it. I choose to follow mine, and I'll remember always to strive and be better than I was before. I'll remember to love unconditionally, so don't worry, and don't change a thing for me!
 
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(てんゆうしんじょ)   
08:00am 01/06/2006
 

Under the beautiful blue sky
I want to understand
天佑神助 God's help

I had a dream about you last night.
It wasn't real, I knew it wasn't
but it was you
you were real

It's a curious feeling to see you again
after all that we had been through
and now the great silence
curious without you

I want to understand
do I already?
am I just unwilling to accept?
I want to know 
What did it really mean?

There exists a hollowness inside
it's the only thing that feels authentic
I'm open myself 
天佑神助



 
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