• Class Number 4318
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • Dr Mark Gibeau
    • Dr Mark Gibeau
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Display familiarity with key modern Japanese texts in translation
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between these texts and their literary, cultural, political and historical contexts.
  3. Analyse and discuss the content, structure and context of specific works
  4. Conduct research drawing on a wide range of primary and secondary sources
  5. Develop a viable research topic and write a research paper effectively analysing said topic in accord with appropriate academic conventions.

Required Resources

A full reading list will be made available on wattle prior to the semester's start. Some texts will be provided by the instructor, others students will have to purchase or borrow from the library.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Overview; Orientalism & Reverse Orientalism; Transitional literature and the emergence of the novel (1) in-class quizzes
2 Transitional Literature (2) Higuchi Ichiyo; Nagai Kafu in-class quizzes
3 Transitional Literature (3) Kunikida Doppo; Shimazaki Toson's The Broken Commandment in-class quizzes
4 Self & Ego (1) Soseki's individualism, Kokoro in-class quizzes; Reflection Essay #1 due 14 Mar, 23:59
5 Self & Ego (2) Akutagawa Ryunosuke & Hayashi Fumiko in-class quizzes
6 Self & Ego (3) Edogawa Rampo & Dazai Osamu in-class quizzes; Title & Proposal due 4 Apr, 23:59
7 War, Memory, Revolution (1) Kuroshima Denji & Endo Shusaku in-class quizzes
8 War, Memory, Revolution (2) Ishikawa Jun, Miyamoto Yuriko & Abe Kôbô in-class quizzes; Reflection Essay #2 due 25 Apr, 23:59
9 Kawabata Yasunari, Koda Aya & the Aesthetics of Decay in-class quizzes
10 Existential Anxiety (1) - Mishima and Oe in-class quizzes; Rough draft due 9 May, 23:59
11 Existential Anxiety (2) Abe Kobo's The Woman in the Dunes & Tsushima Yuko in-class quizzes
12 Fantastic & the Unreal - Medoruma Shun & Murakami Haruki in-class quizzes; Reflection Essay #3 due 23 May, 23:59; Research Paper Final submission due 30 May, 23:59

Tutorial Registration

There are no tutorials for this class.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Quizzes (*22) 30 % 1,2
Reflection Essays (*3) 30 % 1,2,3
Research Paper 40 % 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation is not specifically assessed. However, as the class is discussion centred, regular attendance and active participation are critical components of the learning process. As there will be no makeups for the daily quizzes excessive absences will necessarily impact marks.


There are no exams for this class.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Quizzes (*22)

Every class for which a reading has been assigned will begin with a short quiz to check students' preparation, with the exception of the first class.

Makeup quizzes will not be allowed, but the three lowest quiz marks will be dropped when calculating grades.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Reflection Essays (*3)

600 word essays intended to help students to consolidate readings and class discussion whilst further developing their analysis of the texts and improving their written English skills.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research Paper

A 3000 word research paper will assess students' ability to read critically and to write effectively. The paper will be broken into three components in order to provide students with guidance and feedback over the course of the semester. The components of the paper will be:

Title & Proposal - 5%

Rough Draft - 15%

Final submission - 20%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

As a general rule I will endeavour to return assessments within 1 week of the stated submission deadline. With longer assessments (such as the rough draft or final copy of the essay) slightly more time may be required.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

As a rule, resubmission of assignments will not be permitted

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Mark Gibeau
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Japanese literature, literary translation

Dr Mark Gibeau

Monday 14:00 15:00
Monday 14:00 15:00
Dr Mark Gibeau
6125 8232

Research Interests

Dr Mark Gibeau

Monday 14:00 15:00
Monday 14:00 15:00

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