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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18


COLT 64.02 Writing at the Extreme: Jewish and Japanese Responses to Crisis and Catastrophe

A comparative study, through fictional works, of various responses to crisis, catastrophe, and breakdown.  Jewish history is marked by the large-scale catastrophes of exile and the Holocaust, and by the smaller crises that come with living as a minority in various cultures and nations. The recent history of Japan is also marked by a pronounced sense of crisis and anxiety engendered by its encounter with the West and by the traumas of war, atomic bombing, and occupation.  We will trace out these histories through the works of a number of important writers, including Babel, Fink, Singer, Bellow, Malamud, Shabtai, Roth, Yokomitsu, Tanizaki, Endô, Ibuse, Mishima, and Ôe.  In the course of our examination of this subject we will analyze aesthetic and ethical issues related to the problems that arise from the effort to create a literary representation of extreme situations.

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:LIT; WCult:CI

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