Jon P Holt
Introduction to the major works of contemporary Japan in English translation, with readings that focus on the clash of cultures, generational struggles, and war, plus films that portray these themes and reflect modern Japanese life. In English. Offered: Sp.
This course surveys modern Japanese literature beginning with the opening of Japan to the West in 1868 through Japan's assumption of a position of cultural and economic dominance in contemporary times. Works covered in this survey include fiction, poetry, essays, and manga (comic books). Students will encounter a full range of literary genres, including the modern tanka poetry, modern free verse (shi), and the novel (shosetsu). By extension, students will gain an understanding of the culture, society, religion, and politics of 20th-century Japan.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
1. Lecture component. 2. Student involvement component (presentations). 3. Student involvement component (discussion)
Class assignments and grading
Weekly quizzes; two "mid-term" exams; one final exam.