20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: What are the forces that have shaped the Japanese novel in the postwar era and how, in turn, does the novel reflect contemporary Japan? Lectures explore social and historical aspects such as responses to the atom bomb, the rise of feminism, contemporary popular fiction and minority perspectives. Seminars are student-led and focus on individual authors and their works, ranging from well known writers such as Mishima Yukio, the Nobel Laureate O e Kenzaburo and popular novelist Yoshimoto Banana,, to those who are less well-known in the West. By the end of the course you will have read a wide range of Japanese literature in English-language translation and gained an understanding of the range and diversity of fiction in contemporary Japan.

Staff Contact: Dr Angela Coutts, School of East Asian Studies
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Assessment: Formal Examination, Essay, Coursework

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