Readings in Modern Japanese Literature
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4th year Undergraduate Japanese language level.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
The course aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge of specific aspects of modern Japanese society through a close analysis of its literature. Student presentations will also give students greater confidence in presenting their ideas in a public forum. Students will become more sensitive to a variety of literary styles through their weekly translations into English of a wide range of Japanese literary texts. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to interpret literature and place it in a broader cultural context through essay writing.
A total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week. MA students will receive an additional 12 hours tuition during the year.
Scope and syllabus
This is not a survey course. Instead, we concentrate on a limited range of particular themes, such as "self and society," "the impact of Hiroshima," and "women writers." This allows students to consider specific questions related to Modern Japan in greater detail. The texts and the themes vary each year, but in general, term 1 relates to pre World War 2 Japan, while term 2 concentrates on post-war and contemporary issues expressed through literature.
Method of assessment
One written examination taken in May/June (50%); two essays of 3,500 words to be submitted end of week 9 in Terms 1 and 2 (2 x 25%).