Modern Japanese Literature and its Filmic Expression

$SAME AS V29.0733

This course gives an overview of modern Japanese literature and includes some filmic interpretations and literary criticisms of canonical novels read in class. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, genbun itchi, the “I novel,” naturalism, proletarian realism, fascist aesthetics, surrealism, and postcolonialism. Authors studied include, but are not limited to, Abe Kobo, Futabei Shimei, Karatani Kojin, Kawabata Yasunari, Kobayashi Tajiki, Kurahara Korehito, Medoruma Shun, Natsume Soseki, and Sakiyama Tami. We will learn how authors in Japan negotiated modernity, capitalism, nationalism, colonialism, and postcolonialism through language and literature.

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Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Spring 2018

Annmaria Shimabuku
MW: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 7E12 134