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Japn 230 Introduction to Japanese Literature in Translation: Fatal Fictions - On Modernity and Death in Japan’s 20th Century

June 13, 2012


From “poison women” on trial in 1930s Tokyo to a poisonous poem plaguing 1980s Japan, from stories of brainy detectives in the early part of the century to tales of gritty murders amid bento factories and pachinko parlors at century’s end - this course examines how stories of intrigue and obsession, violence and death illuminate the complex ways Japan has narrated the social, political and economic upheavals of the past century.  Readings run the gamut of genres:  including canonical texts (Natsume Soseki, Tanizaki Jun’ichiro), salacious pulp fiction (Edogawa Rampo, court testimony of Abe Sada), and plenty in between.  Please note that JAPN 231 is for sophomore rank or higher.


Offered Fall-12
Mondays 3:00 -4:30 pm
Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00 pm
No prerequisites

Taught by Prof. Bruce Suttmeier

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