Syllabus JAPN2095.pdf - Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature(JAPN2095 Fall 2019 Thu 1:30-3:20 PM JLG05 Instructor Dr Daniel Poch Run Run

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Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature (JAPN2095) Fall 2019, Thu. 1:30-3:20 PM, JLG05 Instructor: Dr. Daniel Poch Run Run Shaw Tower 5.35 Phone: 39174028 [email protected] Office hour: Thu. 4–5 PM Course description This course examines representations and constructions of gender and sexuality in Japanese literary texts from the late seventeenth century to the contemporary moment, with a strong emphasis on twentieth-century Japan. While offering an introduction to major authors, works, and developments in modern Japanese literature, the class also seeks to question and reevaluate critically theoretical concepts such as gender, sex, femininity, masculinity, feminism, homosociality, and desire. Readings highlight the literary representations of cultural figures such as the early modern “erotic man” and “amorous woman,” female ghosts, wives and courtesans, the Meiji schoolgirl, the modern woman in the 1920s, as well as contemporary “boys” and “girls,” among others. Related critical themes in this class are the importance of power relations and violence; the modern nation state and nationalism; media and the development of an urban mass culture; history, modernity (including postmodernism), and memory, as well as globalization. Relevant historical and critical references are also assigned to help students develop critical questions. Course Requirements and Assessment: 1.Regular attendance, reading of the assigned texts before class, and participation in class discussion. Since a major part of the class will be conducted through class discussion, active reading and participation is a must. Attendance will be taken every class, and absences will have an adverse effect on the grade. However, if you must miss class for some compelling reason, you are asked to advise the instructor in advance of the class meeting. [25%] 2.Short in-class reading quizzes: will be conducted every week or every other week and graded as Pass/Fail. Repeated “Fail” grades and unexcused absences at the quiz will have an adverse effect on the grade. [10 %] 3.One midterm paper (4–5 pages), analytically discussing one relevant theme or question related to a literary text read in class. The paper topic needs to be confirmed with the instructor well before the paper deadline. [25%] 4.One final paper (7–8 pages), which should discuss two literary titles covered in the course and different from the one chosen for the first paper. In addition to a thoughtful close reading of the selected literary texts, the paper should engage with at

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