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Fall 2018-2019
* EAS 344 / COM 344 (LA)   No Audit

Postwar Japanese Narrative: Modern to Postmodern

Atsuko Ueda

This course examines postwar Japanese experience through major literary, cinematic, and intellectual achievements. The objective is first to analyze a multitude of struggles in the aftermath of the Asia-Pacific War, and then to inquire into the nature of post-industrial prosperity in capitalist consumerism and the emergence of postmodernism. The course will cover representative postwar figures such as, Oe Kenzaburo, Dazai Osamu, Mishima Yukio, as well as contemporary writers such as Murakami Haruki. Topics include the rise of democratic ideas, unsolved issues of war memories, and the tension between serious and "popular" fiction writing.

Sample reading list:
Oe Kenzaburo, Hiroshima Notes
Mishima Yukio, Confessions of a Mask
Murakami Haruki, Kafka on the Shore
Ooka Shohei, Fires on the Plain
Maruyama Masao, Thought & Behavior In Modern Jpn. Pol.

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings approximately 150 pages, weekly responses, midterm paper, and final project.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Knowledge of Japanese is not required.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20168 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Frist Campus Center   228   Enrolled:8 Limit:15