Topics in Modern Japanese Literature


This course explores the broad spectrum of Japanese postwar fiction, ranging from the end of the Pacific War to the early 1970s. Our readings include the works of established authors such as Kawabata Yasunari, whose career resumed following the war, together with new writers, including Abe Kôbô, Mishima Yukio, Ôe Kenzaburô, Kôno Taeko, and Tsushima Yuko. We consider the literary response to the spiritual and economic upheaval following Japan's defeat in WWII, conditions under the US Occupation and the rise of new prosperity. Particular attention will be given to changing notions of family, identity, history, gender, sexuality, marginality, myth, and nationalism. Readings will be in English. Prerequisites: junior standing and 6 units of literature, or permission of the instructor.
Course Attributes: EN H; AS HUM; AS LCD; FA HUM; AR HUM

Section 01

Topics in Modern Japanese Literature: Postwar Fiction - 01
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