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as of 6/30/2022

READING CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE FICTION IN TRANSLATION
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Japan - Hitotsubashi University - Tokyo - 'Hitotsubashi University'
UC Course SubjectAsian Studies
Number & Suffix: 112
Full UC Title: READING CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE FICTION IN TRANSLATION 
Transcript Title: CONTEMP JPN FICTION 
UC QTR Units - Division: 3.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: In this class we read, in English translation, the works of two of the most prominent, internationally-acclaimed contemporary Japanese authors: Yoko Tawada and Haruki Murakami. The first half of the semester is spent reading the award-winning English translation of Yoko Tawada's novella, The Emissary. Tawada's work presents, with a touch of humor as well as pathos, a dystopian vision of Japan in the near future, in which the country is damaged almost beyond repair as a result of large-scale nuclear contamination, its people and language evolving in unexpected directions. The class then reads Jay Rubin's translations of Haruki Murakami's short stories, likely starting with "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful Morning". Each text is discussed with a focus on rhetorical play and cultural representation, with occasional reference to the Japanese texts. Proficiency in Japanese is not required, but those studying the language are highly encouraged to read the original texts, either in advance or during the semester. English-Japanese dictionaries will come extremely handy for anyone. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: SEMINAR ON HUMANITIES- READING CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE FICTION IN TRANSLATION 
Partner University Department: Hitotsubashi Global Education Program 
Partner University Course Number: N/A