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

Fall 2005

ANS 361 • Deviance, Defiance and Disruption: A Course in Japanese Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29153 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
ETC 2.102

Course Description

The official ideology of Japanese identity posits Japaneseness as a vibrant, harmonious intersection of tradition and modernity. In this class we will examine a variety of texts from the classical to the contemporary, prose, poetry , and film. The thread that draws these texts together is deviance: in ways grand and minor, overt and subtle, they subvert expectations of normality - disrupting and defying the ideological orthodoxies of their times. These authors write and rewrite, textualize and contextualize representations of family, gender, politics, patriarchy, identity, motherhood, literature, and more - reveling in the provocative, transformative power or their media, and always, always complicating their relationships to past and present, modernity and tradition.


(from the following authors and directors) Higuchi, Ichiyo Kawabata, Yasunari Toyoda, Shiro Takahashi, Takako Tsushima, Yuko Akutagawa, Ryunosuke Natsume, Soseki Hayashi, Fumiko Dazai, Osamu Enchi, Fumiko Abe, Kobo Teshigahara, Hiroshi Shinoda, Masahiro Oe, Kanzaburo Tanizaki, Jun'ichiro Ohba, Minako Mizoguchi, Kenji Ueda, Akinari Izumi, Kyoka Murakami, Haruki Murasaki, Shikibu


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