East Asian Languages and Cultures | Japanese Fiction and Culture: Modern Japanese Women Writers
E372 | 28871 | Suzuki, M


No prerequisites; knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary.

Class open to undergraduates only
Class carries COLL A & H distribution credit
Class carries CASE GCC credit
Class meets with EALC-E 505 on this topic

Japanese Women Writers
This lecture/discussion course examines fiction by Japanese female
writers from the 1890s to the present in English translation. We will
focus on short stories and novels that offer unique insight into
historical/cultural issues by engaging with ideas of the family, home
and the "woman's place," and challenging the stereotype of the
subservient Japanese woman. While exploring the concept of "women's
writing" as a literary genre, we will examine how fiction illustrates
the shifts and continuities of various female roles and the Japanese
family structure over a hundred-year period. We will also look at 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.