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

Fall 2009

ANS 361 • Modern Japanese Literature in Translation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31120 MW
4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Course Description

This course will examine the literary and cultural responses by writers and artists in twentieth and twenty-first century Japan. Attention will be given to the problem of modernity as manifested in attempts to construct identities in conditions of cultural and social upheaval. Topics include the breakdown of tradition and the crisis of individualism; nostalgia and nationalism; war and cultural amnesia; sexuality, gender, and power; and the dynamics of cross-cultural influence. In addition to works by literary artists, we will examine film, anime, art, and dance.

Grading Policy

Weekly 1-2 page response papers = 40% Two 5 page papers = 50% Attendance and class participation = 10%


1. Kokoro, by Natsume Soseki (1914) 2. Naomi, by Tanizaki Jun\'ichiro (1923) 3. Snow Country, by Kawabata Yasunari (1937) 4. Confessions of a Mask, by Yukio Mishima (1949) 5. Masks, by Enchi Fumiko (1955) 6. Fires on the Plain, by Ooka Shohei (1956) 7. Grave of Fireflies by Nosaka Akiyuki (1967) and Takahata Isao (1988) 8. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, dir. Hara Kazuo(1987) 9. The Wild Sheep Chase, by Murakami Haruki (1982) 10. Snakes and Earrings by Kanehira Hitomi (2003)


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