Mar 06, 2021  
Catalogue 2020-2021 
    
Catalogue 2020-2021
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ASIA 361 - Youth in Japanese Literature

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
(Same as JAPA 361 ) This course explores the topic of youth and adolescence in Japan.  It examines how Japanese modern history, society and culture are presented differently in literary works when the perspective of youth is employed. Key topics of family, sexuality, modernization and civilization emerge to the surface. Issues that young people face are different in each period of time. However, the young commonly try to deal with the idea of “development” into mature adulthood or socially expected manhood and womanhood. Young people’s ideals, disillusionment, frustrations, and struggles are examined through selected literary and cinematic works. Readings include works by Natsume Soseki, Higuchi Ichiyo, Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Yasuoka Shotaro, and Murakami Haruki. We also expand our horizon to film, music and anime, as well.  Hiromi Dollase.

Prerequisite(s): One 200-level course in language, literature, culture or Asian Studies, or permission of the instructor.

One 2-hour period.



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