JAPAN 323: Japanese Literature III
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10:30-11:20 a.m.
Modern Japanese Literature
This survey of Japanese writing covers the literature of the modern (1868-today) period, with a specific focus on short fiction, all in English translation. The goal of the course will be to introduce students to some of the most famous works of prose fiction in the modern period in Japan, and to train them to read more carefully and critically. At the same time, the course aims at developing students' ability to construct interesting readings of literary works and to argue them persuasively in English. Although the focus will be on representative short works from authors in the mainstream canon of modern Japanese literature, we will simultaneously be reading one critical work each week that challenges that framework.
|3/26 (Monday)||Introduction||Tsubouchi Shôyô,
The Essence of the Novel (PDF), pp. 1-3 and 23-33.
Also: selected quotes.
Note that the full work is now available online in HTML format.
|3/27 (Tuesday)||Futabatei Shimei, selection from Ukigumo (1887-91)*|
|3/29 (Thursday)||Mori Ôgai, "Maihime" (1890)|
|3/30 (Friday)||Higuchi Ichiyô, "Child's Play" (1895)*|
|4/2 (Monday)||Kôda Rohan, "Pagoda" (1892)*||Masao Miyoshi, "Against the Native Grain: The Japanese Novel and the 'Postmodern' West"|
|4/3 (Tuesday)||Kunikida Doppo, "Unforgettable People" (1898)|
|4/5 (Thursday)||Izumi Kyôka, "The Holy Man of Mount Koya" (1900)*|
|4/6 (Friday)||Tayama Katai, "The Quilt" (1907)*|
|4/9 (Monday)||Natsume Sôseki, Kokoro (1914)
SPECIAL EVENT: Kirino Natsuo, 3:30-5:00pm, COM 120
|Brett deBary, "Karatani Kôjin's Origins of Modern Japanese Literature"|
|4/10 (Tuesday)||Tamura Toshiko, "A Woman Writer" (1913)*|
|4/12 (Thursday)||Mori Ôgai, "The Abe Family" (1913)*
SPECIAL EVENT: Edward Fowler, 3:30-5:00pm, COM 226
|4/13 (Friday)||Shiga Naoya, "Reconciliation" (1917)*|
|4/16 (Monday)||Uno Kôji, "In the Storehouse" (1919)*||Karatani Kôjin, "One Spirit, Two Nineteenth Centuries"|
|4/17 (Tuesday)||Satô Haruo, "Beautiful Town" (1919)*|
|4/19 (Thursday)|| Shimazaki Tôson, "The Life of a Certain Woman" (1922)*
SPECIAL EVENT: Richard Calichman, 3:30-5:00pm, COM 202
|4/20 (Friday)||Akutagawa Ryûnosuke, "In a Grove" (1922)*|
|4/23 (Monday)||Midterm Exam||Naoki Sakai, "Modernity and Its Critique: The Problem of Universalism and Particularism"|
|4/24 (Tuesday)||Miyazawa Kenji, "The Restaurant of Many Orders" (1924)*|
|4/26 (Thursday)||Kajii Motojirô, "Lemon" (1925)*|
|4/27 (Friday)||Edogawa Ranpo, "The Human Chair" (1925)*|
|4/30 (Monday)||Tanizaki Jun'ichirô, Naomi (1924)||Ueno Chizuko, "In the Feminine Guise: A Trap of Reverse Orientalism"*|
|5/1 (Tuesday)||Yokomitsu Riichi, "Spring Riding in a Carriage" (1926)*|
|5/3 (Thursday)||Kawabata Yasunari, "The Izu Dancer" (1926)*|
|5/4 (Friday)||Kobayashi Takiji, "The Factory Ship" (1929)*|
|5/7 (Monday)||Hayashi Fumiko, Diary of a Vagabond (1928-30)||Seiji Lippit, "Negations of Genre"*|
|5/8 (Tuesday)||Nakano Shigeharu, "The House in the Village" (1935)*
SPECIAL EVENT: Hosea Hirata, 3:30-5:00pm, COM 202
|5/10 (Thursday)||Hôjô Tamio, "The First Night of Life" (1936)*|
|5/11 (Friday)||Nagai Kafû, "A Strange Tale from East of the River" (1937)*|
|5/14 (Monday)||Kawabata Yasunari, Snow Country (1935-48)||Kawamura Minato, "The 'Composition' of Empire: One Aspect of Cultural Imperialism in Modern Japan"*|
|5/15 (Tuesday)||Nakajima Atsushi, "Tiger-poet" (1942)*|
|5/17 (Thursday)||Dazai Osamu, "One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji" (1943)*|
|5/18 (Friday)||Noma Hiroshi, "Dark Pictures" (1946)*|
|5/21 (Monday)||Sakaguchi Ango, "The Idiot" (1946)*||James Fujii, “Writing Out Asia”*|
|5/22 (Tuesday)||Ôoka Shôhei, "My Capture" (1948)*|
|5/24 (Thursday)||Takeda Taijun, "Luminous Moss" (1954)*|
|5/25 (Friday)||Mishima Yukio, "Patriotism" (1961)*|
|5/28 (Monday)||NO CLASS: Memorial Day||Ôe Kenzaburô, "Japan's Dual Identity: A Writer's Dilemma"|
|5/29 (Tuesday)||Ôe Kenzaburô, "Seventeen" (1961)*|
|5/31 (Thursday)||Nakagami Kenji, "The Cape" (1975)*|
|6/1 (Friday)||Review session|
FINAL EXAM: Monday, 4 June 2005, 8:30-10:20, MGH 287
EXPECTATIONS and GRADING
PREREQUISITES: JAPAN 321 and 322 are highly recommended, though knowledge of pre-modern Japanese literature is not required. Japanese language ability is not a prerequisite for this class; all readings are in English translation.
PARTICIPATION: All class members will be expected to complete all assigned readings before class meets. In addition, each member will be expected to choose one short quote from the story that illustrates something interesting about the story as a whole. During each class, students will be chosen at random to present the quotes they chose and explain why they chose it. These presentations will strongly affect the participation component of the final grade. Other students will be called on to respond to the reading. The ability to make a productive and interesting point when selected will affect one's participation grade, as will voluntary contributions to class in the form of questions and comments. Late arrivals disrupt class; therefore you are expected to arrive on time. Please turn off all beepers and cell phones before class begins.
EXAMINATIONS: Two exams will be given, each made up of identification questions and short essay questions.
GRADING: Your final grades will consider your participation (40%), your mid-term exam (30%), and your final exam (30%). Though the quality of your work is central to your grade, evaluations of that quality will take into consideration individual skills. Effort will be rewarded.
STUDY GROUPS: I encourage students to meet outside of class to discuss the texts. Please note that this does not include dividing up the reading of a story; all students will be expected to have read all of the stories, in full.
CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM: The presentation of another's words and ideas as one's own is a serious offense; violations will be dealt with according to the University codes of conduct, which stipulate sanctions up to and including expulsion.
ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS: I will do everything I can to accommodate students with particular needs. To request such an accommodation, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206) 543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating that you require such accommodation, we can discuss ways to meet those needs.
A copy of each required text is on reserve (2 hour loan, no overnight) in the East Asian Library (PL782.E1 E23 2002). Students with Japanese language ability are encouraged to use the original texts, which can also be found in the library. The remainder of the texts will be available either through direct links or through electronic reserves.
Participation, preparation, and worksheets (40%):
All class members will be expected to complete assigned readings before class meets. The participation grade will be particularly affected by your presentation of the text on days when you are randomly selected to summarize the story and present a reading of that story.
Midterm Exam (30%; Monday, 9 May 2005, 10:30-11:20, MGH 287):
The midterm exam will be made up of identification questions and short essay questions. Use the following list (PDF) to guide your preparation for the identification questions. Short essay questions will be quotes from the works; you will be expected to give the name and date of the work the passage comes from, briefly (one sentence) identify the subject matter of the work as a whole, explain what is going on in the quote (the characters, the situation, and where it fits in the larger story), and discuss how the characters and situation represented in the quote engage at least two themes we’ve addressed in this course. You will be expected to explain and support your view of what the passage says about these themes.
Please bring at least one blue book to the exam.
Final Exam (30%; Monday, 4 June 2005, 8:30-10:20, MGH 287):
The final exam will be made up of identification questions and short essay questions. Use the following list (PDF) to guide your preparation for the identification questions. Short essay questions will be quotes from the works; you will be expected to give the name and date of the work the passage comes from, briefly (one sentence) identify the subject matter of the work as a whole, explain what is going on in the quote (the characters, the situation, and where it fits in the larger story), and discuss how the characters and situation represented in the quote engage at least two themes we’ve addressed in this course. You will be expected to explain and support your view of what the passage says about these themes.
Please bring at least one blue book to the exam.
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