JAPN-357 Negotiating Modernity and Japanese Culture
Offered academic year 2009-2010
This course explores the ways culture and cultural expressions in twentieth century Japan have registered the claims of modernity. A key objective of the course is to introduce the breadth and depth of the problem of modernity in Japan, especially as literary writers have engaged it. Some issues we will explore include the invention of tradition, new ways of conceiving Japan's relationship to other nations and people, and the often-reciprocal relationship this cosmopolitanism had with certain kinds of national identities. This course aims to provide the student with the conceptual and cultural tools to engage in an informed manner with contemporary cultural issues in Japan today. Readings include novels and interpretive works on literary, cultural and socio-historical topics related to the problem of modernity in Japan. This course will be conducted in English; all readings are in English. Fall.
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