By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to compare several of the texts examined in class in terms of a pre-selected theme. This course is an opportunity to enhance your knowledge of modern Japanese literature, across the genres of short story, novel, autobiography, and non-fiction. This course is designed to develop your ability to read and discuss Japanese literature critically. You will be required to write critically and succinctly about the various genres we examine.
This course does not give an overview of Japanese literature. Instead it surveys late-Showa short stories and several novels. The course is suitable for students who are interested in examining how literature supports and subverts the idea of national culture. Thematically, attention is given to areas such as history, the family, the body, and sexuality.