ENG-240 The Fantastic in Japanese Literature

Through thoughtful examination of novels and critical essays, students will explore the ways in which cultural identity, geography, history (particularly post-WWII), and technological leadership manifest themselves in the fantastical work of Japanese authors. We will discuss why the "unreal" can be an effective tool for social and political commentary while touching on themes such as post-colonialism, transhumanism, globalization, nuclear fear, and urban alienation. Work may include novels by Kobo Abe, Haruki Murakami, Banana Yoshimoto, and Kenzaburo Oe.(Introduction to Literary Studies) Prerequisites: FYS-101 or FYS-110


3 credits


FYS-101 or FYS-110 must be completed prior to registering for this course.