East Asian Languages and Cultures | Modern Japanese Literature
E322 | 28204 | Suzuki

E322: Modern Japanese Literature

P: No prerequisites; knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary.

This 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 imagination since Japan
opened up to the West in the mid-nineteenth 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.