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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

JAPN 61.07 Transgression and Canonization in Modern Japanese Literature

This course explores the rich and multifaceted relationship between various types of transgressions (political, sexual, aesthetic, stylistic etc.) and the formation of the canon in modern and contemporary Japanese literature. How do we determine what qualifies as transgressive, and what kinds of transgressions appear within different literatures? How does something transgressive become canonized, or otherwise, why is it excluded from the canon(s)? What factors, strategies, and politics inform literary canon(s) and how are they changing? Through close readings and analyses of diverse literary texts together with influential theories on transgression within the changing socio-cultural, historical, and political context of Japan, this class will attempt to seek a better understanding of these and other issues related to the transgressive within and beyond the Japanese literary canon. No prior knowledge of Japanese is required for this course, although students with sufficient proficiency are welcome to refer to original sources.

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:INT or LIT; WCult:NW

The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.


Not offered in the period from 17F through 19S