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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Part II

This seminar-style paper will explore specific facets, approaches and methodologies of modern and contemporary works of Japanese literature and culture. Topics may vary from year to year, but will generally cover a range of works that have been produced within contexts deemed ‘other’ or marginal vis-à-vis the mainstream, paying particular attention to issues of social, gendered, and ethnic difference that these works present. This paper aims to broaden your awareness of the kinds of literary texts produced in Japanese. Moreover, by introducing works of literary criticism and relevant concepts from areas such as feminism, postcolonial studies, and translation theory, it seeks to hone your close reading skills of both text and context, and enable you to engage with key questions pertaining to identity and difference in the study of a non-western literature.