This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2016-2017

LLEA 13186-2: Literature University Seminar

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Instructor: Michael Brownstein

"The 'Other' in Modern Japanese Fiction": In this course, we will study five novels by modern Japanese writers (in English translation) as a way of exploring the theme of “Otherness.” Otherness may be subjective—the sense of being an outsider, of being different, but there is also the Otherness of the stranger, the foreigner, of even those who are closest to us. The novels are: "Silence" by Shusaku Endo, "Kokoro" by Natsume Soseki, "Masks" by Enchi Fumiko, "Woman in the Dunes" by Abe Kobo, and "All She Was Worth" by Miyuki Miyabe. By reading, discussing, and writing about these novels, you will also have the opportunity to explore how fictional narratives work to produce meaning, share your critical insights with others and improve your writing skills.