J314 Burch Final Topics:

1.What are some of the characteristics of Japanese poetic writing, especially during the Heian period?



2.According to Burch, two “of the decisive characteristics of Heian literature as a whole” are POLYSEMY and INTERTEXTUALITY.  Explain these two terms and how they might they be important for the way in which we read modern Japanese texts?



3. What are the 4 basic "contentions" (p. 53) with which Burch wants to leave us?