ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 003 Lost and Found in Japanese Literature and Culture
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Enforced Prerequisites:
Graduate Standing
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Lost and Found in Japanese Literature and Culture looks at a wide variety of creative, journalistic and critical writing of the ‘90s- present in Japan, a diverse body of writing that nevertheless shares some salient features that are important for understanding Japan and Japanese literature today.

The 90s knows itself as a “lost” decade, a decade in which an American, Alex Kerr, won a prestigious literary prize for his non-fictional Lost Japan (originally written in Japanese); a decade in which international best-seller Murakami Haruki continuously rejects the tenets of the past decades—family and company—for a fluffy lyricism of loneliness; a decade in which the resurgence of millenarian cults captivated readers and writers; a decade featuring apocalyptic animation and adult comics; a decade well suited to the noir detective novel, with its seamy underside and lack of redemption; a decade in which even the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Oe Kenzaburô in 1994 served ironically to question whether Japan has lost its tradition of high literature. As the “lost” narratives of multiply, however, so too do the “found” narratives, whether they take the forms of neo-nationalism, personal memoir, post-national globalism, estheticized alienation, or other.

This class examines the lost and found qualities of the past in the present, a present that is also our present. Students are encouraged to follow international news, with a special eye on Japan, because many issues that became so pressing in the 90s continue to be of utmost importance.

ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
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001 (SEM)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (SEM)
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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