• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mark Gibeau
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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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.

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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In-class Quizzes (35) [LO 1,2]
  2. Response Essays (4) 600 words each (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Research Project (3000 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The total workload for this course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed at least 48 units of university courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ASIA2095 and ASIA6040 Literary and Culture Discourse in Modern Japan.

Prescribed Texts

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.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4300 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A

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