East Asian Languages and Cultures | Modern Japanese Literature
E322 | 27215 | Suzuki, M.

3 credits
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,
and exams.