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Course NameJapanese Literature in English A
InstructorKawamura, Satofumi
MajorMajor Subjects
Course goalsThe courses of "Japanese Literature in English A" and "B" will explore the relationship between culture and politics through the analysis of Japanese literary works. In the first semester, students are expected to understand the aforementioned relationship focusing on contemporary literary works in Japan.
Course outlinePolitics and culture are generally divided into different fields. If we see that a cultural activity is subject to politics, most of us cannot help feeling that the activity is contaminated. However, if we look at contemporary cultural issues more cautiously, it is not so difficult to understand that culture is mobilised for establishing a political discourse and forming political subjectivity. For example, the national policy for promoting the development of Japanese popular, so-called "Cool Japan" policy, contributed to the revaluation of the potential of Japanese culture as the kernel of the identity of "Japanese nation". By looking at contemporary literary works in Japan, including Manga (マンガ) and Light Novel (ライトノベル), this course will examine how the concept of Japanese culture has been discussed and appropriated to let a particular political discourse attain its hegemony.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesGrades will be based on class attendance and a final exam.
PrerequisitesClass attendance and active participation are required
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Course Schedule/PlanWeek 1: Introduction
Week 2: Aftermath of the War and Literary Works in Japan
Week 3: Postwar Economic Growth and Nihonjin-ron
Week 4: Discourse of Nihonjin-ron 1: Nationalism
Week 5: Discourse of Nihonjin-ron 2: Hybridism
Week 6: Techno Orientalism 1: Theory
Week 7: Techno Orientalism 2: Case Studies
Week 8: The Emergence of Otaku (1970-1980)
Week 9: The Emergence of Otaku (1990-2000)
Week 10: Globalisation and Japanese Culture 1
Week 11: Globalisation and Japanese Culture 2
Week 12: Context of Cool Japan
Week 13: What is"Light Novel"?
Week 14: Possibility of Popular Culture in Japan
Week 15: Review and Final Discussion