Literatures of the Japanese Empire|
Spring 2021 not offered
This course will survey select works of literature that were produced during Japan's Imperial period, in disparate locations across the Empire (including Korea, Taiwan, and the 'home islands' of Japan itself). It will also grapple with literary reflections on the experience of Empire, penned in the wake of Japan's defeat in 1945. We will conceive of 'literature' broadly, including under this heading not only texts in the traditional sense, but other forms of media, as well. By considering a selection of texts from this period, we will strive to attend to some of the contested and competing desires of individuals and entities seeking to navigate conditions of empire, colonialism, and war.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Lit&Cult)
Mason, Michele M. and Helen J. S. Lee, Eds., "READING COLONIAL JAPAN: TEXT, CONTEXT, AND CRITIQUE."
Other texts to be determined.
In addition to the assigned texts, students will be assigned short stories, as well as secondary-source readings aimed at developing contextual understandings of the literature addressed in the course. These will be made available via the course Moodle site and/or the Wesleyan Library reserves system. Students are responsible for all readings, as well as for any listening and/or viewing tasks that may be assigned. Refer to course syllabus for comprehensive list of materials to be covered.
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