East Asian Languages and Cultures | Japanese Literature II
E322 | 1680 | Alvis


Topic: Fantasy Literature

This survey of modern Japanese fiction will center on fantastic
literature, including tales of the supernatural, representations of
utopia, and science fiction. Through study of such fantasy works,
the class will examine how Japanese authors throughout the modern
period have consistently used both their own indigenous fantastic
tradition (particularly ghost stories and stories of "marriage with
another species") and outside conventions of the fantastic (most
notably science fiction) to address contemporary social issues.
Social issues on which we will focus may include, among others,
Westernization; rapid technological growth; Japan's war legacy; and
the position of women.

Assignments will involve approximately 25-100 pages of reading per
week, six 2-page critical-writing assignments, Astudy sheets@ for
each major text, group discussions, a midterm, and a final.

No prerequisites; knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary,
though some interest in, and enthusiasm for, Japanese literature is
expected.