SFU English 380: Mutilation and Foreign Relations in the Japanese Novel

A class blog for students of English 380 - "Literature in Translation" - at Simon Fraser University in Autumn 2005.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Course Reflection

Now that the lecture series is over you are occupied writing your term papers: these will reflect your engagement with the ideas that the texts and the lectures have introduced you, and hopefully been an intellectual benefit, to.

Because you have compleated your course evaluations, I am free to say how much I have enjoyed this term: I honestly looked forward to every class and I'm sure I will remember all your contributions for many, many years.

I hope to teach this course again, and so I would love to know how I can improve. If you have opinions in that regard which you could not give full enough expression to on the evaluation forms, please take a moment or two, once your papers are compleated, to remember us and return here and add your analysis, suggestions, complaints, &c (anonymously, of course), to this post.

Again, my sincere thanks: I hope you all stay in touch:
Mina-san, Sayonara - anata-tachi wa totemo subarashii desu. Arigato gozaimasita!"


At 12:15 PM, Blogger Deep said...

Great course sir. Very different than anything that I have taken here a S.F.U. leads to a nfresher way of thinking and undersanding of foreign literature. I am looking forward to your lectures next semester. have a great holiday and see you in the new year. Thanks Sandeep

At 8:29 PM, Blogger Esther said...

just like chick-lit, you taught in a way that evoked interest in the subject. i must say, i was pretty worried @ the beginning of the semester when we were talking about no-mind and escaping from our western perceptions; however, that worry soon dissipated into eager enjoyment in learning about concepts that had never crossed my mind before. like Sandeep, i am looking forward to 394~ Merry Christmas Professor Ogden and to the rest of the class! Have a safe and happy holidays ('_')

At 8:58 PM, Blogger Howard makes nice said...

i will not be looking forward to 394 because i'm not in it, but i had a great time in 380! i was worried about a lot of things at the beginning because i wasn't a very big fan of reading translations and i had absolutely no idea what you were talking about for the first two weeks but your reading list was sweet and the concepts were exciting because you seemed excited about them too. happy holidays and all that good winter stuff!

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Danielle said...

Dr. Ogden no lie 380 was THE best english class that I have ever taken, and I think I have taken approximately a million (at least it feels that way). Next semester is the end for me so sadly I won't be in any of your classes to come. Glad I got the chance to have you as a teacher. Have a wonderful Christmas and an awesome new year!!

At 1:20 AM, Blogger Ray said...

i had lots of fun this course, which shows via my willing to walk up the bloody hill to get to class, hahahaha!!!

anyways, looking forward to 394, and also glad to see that i'll know some ppl in that class!

At 9:17 PM, Blogger Louise28 said...

The cultural background was intriguing and essential for appreciating the course. I liked the guest speakers, and the in-class student presentations. Of course, it has made me greedy--now I want to go to Japan again. I liked the field trip and Raymond's awesome photos. The literature, in spite of translation, was engaging, especially with Dr. Ogden at the helm. The metaphors in the literature were delightful and I'm sure I didn't catch even half of them. One year I might even tackle Tale of Genji.


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