東京大学大学院総合文化研究科

言語情報科学専攻

Language and Information Sciences, University of Tokyo

東京大学大学院総合文化研究科

言語情報科学専攻

〒153-8902 東京都目黒区駒場3-8-1

TEL: 03-5454-6376

FAX: 03-5454-4329

言語文化論特殊研究(14)(Reading Japanese Novels: The Dilemma of the Modern and Beyond)

  • 科目コード: 08C161914
  • 開講学期: A1, A2
  • 曜限: 集中(Int)
  • 教室: 未定
  • 単位数: 2.0
  • 担当教員: エリス 俊子

授業の目標・概要

     This course is designed to give students an opportunity to acquaint themselves with a range of Japanese novels written between the late 19th century and the present.  We will place a particular focus on how the Japanese writers struggled to come to terms with the idea of the modern, and explore the nature of the dilemma these writers faced in their attempt to incorporate modernity.  Starting with the pioneering writers of the Meiji period, we will move on to the writers of the later periods and will also deal with the new writings of the younger generation in contemporary Japan. Some of the works will be examined in detail, using different critical approaches to analyse their thematic construction, structural characteristics and stylistic features. Most of the texts dealt with in this course are widely read works by well-known authors, but I am hoping to introduce some new readings, and also hope that students will actively participate in discussions to exchange their own reading of the text.
     Classes will consist of short lectures followed by discussions. Discussions will be done both in small groups and as a class as a whole. Both students with and without background in Japanese literature are welcome.  We will be using the English translation of these works in class, but for preparation students are welcome to read them in the language of their choice.

授業のキーワード


授業計画

Introduction

PART ONE
Shock of the West and the "New Individual":
Required reading:
Natsume Soseki, Kokoro --- The struggle of a Meiji intellectual
Recommended reading:
Mori Ogai Wild Geese --- The self-awakening of a woman

PART TWO
Tokyo Cityscape, 1920s: Fascination/Disillusionment
Required reading: Tanizaki Jun’ichiro’s “Aguri” --- Sexuality and the body
Recommended reading:
Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Naomi --- The beautiful enchantress
(Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Kappa, In a Grove, Rashomon--- Struggling with the irrational)
(Film Viewing: “Rashomon”)
Yosano Akiko’s poems of “the new woman”

PART THREE
Lost in the Modern
Required reading:
Dazai Osamu, No Longer Human  --- A confession of a social misfit

PART FOUR
Quest for Identity in PostwarJapan

Rediscovering Tradition(1):
Required reading:
Kawabata Yasunari, Snow Country, Thousand Cranes --- Longing for the lost tradition

Rediscovering Tradition(2):
Required reading:
Mishima Yukio, “Patriotism” --- Tradition and nationalism
Recommended reading:
Mishima Yukio, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Mishima Yukio, Spring Snow

PART FIVE
New Writing after the 1980s
Required reading:
Murakami Haruki, The Wild Sheep Chase, After Dark
--- Where is reality? freedom and surveillance
Recommended reading:
Murakami Haruki, The End of the World and Hardboiled Wonderland
Murakami Ryu, Coinlocker Babies --- Tokyo in crisis
Yoshimoto Banana, Kitchen

Young Writers Today
Kawakami Hiromi, Kawakami Mieko, Kanehara Hitomi and others

Concluding Discussion

授業の方法

Each class will consist of a brief lecture and classroom discussion.  The lecture will include an introduction to the topic of the week, providing basic factual and conceptual information required for approaching the works to be discussed that week.  This will be followed by discussion conducted in groups.  All students are expected to participate in the discussion, exchanging opinions and comments on the text from a variety of viewpoints and cultural backgrounds.

成績評価方法

1) Class participation and assignments   20%
2) In-class worksheets    40%
3) Semester Essay 40%

教科書

Some of the required readings will be available from the Globalization Office (B1, KOMCEE WEST) or will be provided in class.  For other works students will be required to do a library search.

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