East Asian Languages and Cultures | Modern Japanese Literature
E322 | 27215 | Suzuki, M.
P: No prerequisites; knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary.
This lecture/discussion course examines a broad range of major
narrative texts in modern Japanese literature from the 1890s to the
present. The novels and short stories we will read focus on issues
of self/national identity, sexuality, war, westernization and
modernity—issues that have been central to the Japanese cultural
imaginary since Japan opened up to the West in the mid-19th century.
We will also examine the historical, literary and cultural contexts
of the works using some secondary critical materials. Students will
be evaluated on class attendance, discussion participation, essays,