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EALC 415: Modern Japanese Literature in Translation: Love, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan: Home

Asian Library Location

Asian Library is now a part of the International and Area Studies Library.

East Asian materials bearing LC call numbers (meaning they carry one or two alphabetical characters at the beginning of their call numbers, e.g. "BX598.A4") are now shelved on the 7th, 8th and 9th floor of the Main Stacks.

Current periodicals and reference collection are housed in the International & Area Studies Library in 321 Main Library.

EALC 415

EALC 415 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation: Love, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan


This course will focus on the themes of love, gender and sexuality in modern Japanese literature and popular culture. It will also explore the relationship between these themes and general concepts of “culture” and “history.” Is love a universal, immutable human emotion or is it one that varies with cultural tradition and according to historical period? What were Edo-period (1600-1868) conceptions of gender and sexuality? How were Western conceptions of love, gender and sexuality translated into Japanese? How did the Japanese reconfigure their traditional conceptions as the nation was transformed by modernization during the late 19th and early 20th centuries? The course offers students both a survey of major literary works from the modern period and a theoretical introduction to the field of cultural studies. Students wishing to obtain graduate credit for this course should register for 4 units.