Instructor: Kyle Ikeda Assistant Professor of Japanese More . . .
Japan's rich literary tradition encompasses the elegance and refinement of the Imperial Court, the deep contemplation and serious melancholy of the medieval period, the hedonism and pleasures of the early modern merchant class, as well as the rapid advancement and innovation of the modern era. Japan's major literary works both past and present explore important issues and dilemmas concerning human existence, reflecting and shaping Japan's rich culture and literary sensibilities. In this course, students will read some of Japan's most important literary works from the early classical period to the twenty-first century and obtain familiarity, understanding, and insight into the poetic conventions, aesthetic tastes and cultural beliefs that continue to shape contemporary Japan today.
Requirements Satisfied: one Literature course
Meets: MW 4:05pm-5:20pm