East Asian Languages and Cultures | The "Other" in Modern Japanese Literature and Film
E300 | 16251 | Suzuki
No prerequisites; knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary.
This lecture/discussion course examines modern Japanese literature
and film (in English translation) that focus on the idea
of “Otherness.” Spanning a broad timeframe from the late nineteenth
century to the present, the class will explore issues including:
race, ethnicity, sexuality, minority politics, and identities
of “Otherness” such as geisha and gangsters. By analyzing fiction
and film, we will question the idea of a historically and culturally
homogeneous Japan, and consider the notion of the “Other” from a
theoretical point of view. Students will be evaluated on class
attendance, discussion participation, essays, and two exams.