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Special topics in literary studies. Individual courses might include comparative study of particular literary genres, periods, authors or works from varied international literatures. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Kyle Ikeda ()
Dates: July 13 - August 7, 2015
In WLIT 195 we will read, in translation, from a variety of literary works of contemporary (post 1980) Japanese literature and popular fiction, engaging important Japanese writers of the late 20th to early 21st Centuries including Murakami Haruki, Banana Yoshimoto, Miyabe Miyuki, Medoruma Shun and others. The course will also introduce students to major themes, concerns, and movements in contemporary Japanese literature focusing on narrative prose, including four best selling novels, as well as various short stories, from both the ?serious? literary fiction category as well as ?popular? genre fiction category in Japan. Objectives & Outcomes: After taking this class, students will be able to: ? identify and describe major contemporary Japanese writers and the prevailing styles, themes, and genres associated with them. ? differentiate and analyze the difference between the categories of ?pure literature? (jun bungaku) and ?popular literature? (taish? bungaku), as well as describe some of the major genres of Japanese popular literature (ie. Crime and detective fiction, sh?jo style, light novels, etc) as they are understood in Japan. ? recognize how contemporary and popular Japanese literary texts have been shaped by Japan?s specific social and historical conditions of the late 20th and early 21st centuries? such as the bubble economy of the eighties, the intense focus on commodity consumption in post-industrial Japan, and persisting state of the post-bubble economic recession. ? explain how recurring social issues in Japan, such as depression, alienation, economic uncertainty, and traumatic experiences manifest and take shape in contemporary and popular Japanese fiction in literal, figural and metaphorical ways. ? analyze how writers use literary techniques, strategies, and styles to convey various tones and moods, generate vicarious feelings and imaginings, and provoke critical thought in the readers of their stories
Reading Journals ???.. ?..(30%) Reading journal entries (4x/wk) based on questions from Reading Questions. See below Monday Reflection Journals ?(20%) Monday Reflection Journals cover material from the previous week(s) comparatively. Class Discussions??..??...(30%) Your participation in online discussions. See below Final Paper?..??????.(20%) One formal typewritten paper (4-5 pages/ 1000-1250 words). Details explained later.
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