JS519 Comparative Literature 2

General
Course Number: 
JS519
Course title: 
Comparative Literature 2
Course Description: 
Comparative Literature 1 and 2 introduce students to selected issues in comparative literature. Comparative Literature 2, offered in the autumn, focuses upon reading of selected primary and secondary texts related to reading Japanese literature in comparative perspective. All readings are available in English. This year, we will consider criticism (or hihyo) in modern Japan. We will examine the hihyo genre in modern Japan through reading of seminal critical texts and discussion on historical and literary contexts. We will also read some critical writing and social commentary by literary authors as well as fictional texts related to the problematics of hihyo. Topics of discussion include: the emergence and evolution of hihyō as a genre; literary writers and critics as “public intellectuals”; the writing style of hihyo; literary criticism and politics; and postmodernism in Japan.
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Degree Programs: 
M.A. in Japanese Studies
Number of Credits: 
2