East Asian Languages and Cultures | Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
E322 | 24925 | Suzuki

Topic: Self, Desire and Narrative

No prerequisites; knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary.

This lecture/discussion course examines a broad range of narrative
texts in modern Japanese literature (in English translation) from
the 1890s to the present. The novels and short stories we will read
in this class focus on issues of self/national identity, sexuality,
westernization and modernity—issues that have been central to the
Japanese cultural imaginary since Japan opened up to the West in the
mid-nineteenth century. In addition to discussing such topics in
reading these texts, we will also examine the historical, literary
and cultural contexts of the works using some secondary critical

Students will be evaluated on class attendance and discussion
participation, oral presentation, two short papers, midterm and
final exams.