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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2007

ANS 361 • Suicide in Japanese Fiction-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30545 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
WCH 4.118
Cather, K.

Course Description

This course will examine works of Japanese literature and visual culture (including novels, plays, films and anime) to analyze how artists grapple with themes of suicide in their works (and sometimes in their lives) in response to tragedy, both personal and national. We will discuss the ethics and politics of artistic representations of suicide when it is precipitated by such diverse contexts as failed romances, military honor, and old age. We will also consider how these works provoke questions about the responsibilities of the individual and artist in Japanese society. This class requires no background in Japanese language or culture; all readings are in English translation.

Grading Policy

In class quizzes and/or take home assignments 40% Short papers (3 total) 45% Final Project (detailed instructions to follow) 10% Clss participation 5%


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