- Code ASIA6040
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Literature, Asia-Pacific Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Mark Gibeau
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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Literary and Cultural Discourse in Modern Japan will introduce students to seminal texts (in English translation) that defined literary and cultural discourse from the Meiji period to present-day Japan. Specifically, the course has three central aims:
1. To help students to attain a strong degree of familiarity with key Japanese literary texts and to understand how they relate to their various literary, cultural, political and historical contexts. Through this it is hoped that students will not only gain a deeper understanding of specific texts and writers but will also better understand the range of issues and competing and contradictory narratives that shape modern Japanese culture.
2. To help students, through reading and discussion, to develop their understanding of critical theory and its practical application in textual analysis.
3. To help students develop and refine their research, analytical and critical writing skills, culminating in a research essay drawing on primary and secondary sources and compliant with relevant academic conventions. This research project will be broken into a number of subcomponents to be completed at various stages throughout the semester.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically engage with key modern Japanese texts in translation
- Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between these texts and their literary, cultural, political and historical contexts.
- Analyse and critique the content, structure and context of specific works
- Design a viable research paper drawing on a wide range of sources and employing appropriate theoretical frameworks.
- In-class Quizzes (25) [LO 1,2]
- Reflection Essays (x4) 600 words each (25) [LO 1,2,3]
- Research Project - 3500 words (made up of: Proposal (10%), Outline & Bibliography (10%), Final Submission (30%)) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload10+/- hours a week for 12 weeks. The total workload for this course is 130 hours including class contact hours and independent study.
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