Readings in Modern Japanese Literature
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4th year Undergraduate Japanese language level or equivalent.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
The module 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 20 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a 1 hour lecture and a 2 hour seminar.
Scope and syllabus
This is not a survey module. 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 two hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); essay (research paper) due on day 5, week 9 of term 1 (25%); essay (research paper), due on day 5, week 9 of term 2 (25%).