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Voices of Modernity - Japn 290 - Fall 2013

June 25, 2013

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“To have lived through the transition stage of modern Japan makes a man feel preternaturally old; for here he is in modern times, with the air full of talk about bicycles and bacilli and ‘spheres of influence,’ and yet he can himself distinctly remember the Middle Ages…Old things pass away between a night and a morning.”

British scholar, Basil Hall Chamberlain, in 1891 (Things Japanese

Course summary:

This course examines Japanese literature from the late 19th to the early 20th century, a half-century when Japan moved from its self-imposed isolation to a roaring, cosmopolitan culture, a leap that left many, from the British scholar above to authors like Natsume Soseki, to wonder what ‘Japanese modernity’ might look like.  We explore this topic through readings and research.  This class is designated as a research-focused class, meaning that throughout the semester, you’ll be digging into databases and combing through archives, compiling bibliographies and developing theses. 

Instructor:  Dr. Bruce Suttmeier,

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm, MW






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