This class will be held in person in FSH 107. Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:20, except on University holidays.
All University-mandated Covid policies must be adhered to by all students.
This course surveys short fiction written in Japan during the modern period (roughly 1868-present). Reading a wide selection of short stories (and excerpts from novels), we will discuss the works as literary art, the historical context of the works' production, and relevant theoretical and literary discourses, some contemporary to the works and some from today.
The course has one required text: The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature Abridged Edition. Because of the size of the book, using an electronic edition is encouraged. It is available through the university library here.
Although this course cannot be taken as a "W" (writing) course, it can be used to fulfill VLPA or I&S requirements. It is a required course for the literature track of the Japanese major, and can be applied toward the linguistic track as well.
No background in the Japanese language, Japanese history, or literary studies is required for this course.
Students will be graded on their preparation for and participation in class discussions, as well as on their performance on two essay examinations.