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The course introduces students to Japanese literary texts from the 1980s to the present. A selection of short stories and poetry by a range of contemporary authors, including Okinawan-Japanese novelists, are read and studied in the original Japanese. Students are introduced to various major literary and other theoretical discourses and these are then applied to analyze the texts from both literary and sociological points of view. Training is also provided in the translation of Japanese literary texts.
As a student in this course you will acquire a range of knowledge and skills, including:skills in reading Japanese literature in the original;skills in translating Japanese literary works; familiarity with a number of representative contemporary Japanese writers;familiarity with, and skills in ‘reading’ and analyzing, a selection of contemporary Japanese short stories; an understanding of the relationships between the selected works and their social, cultural and historical contexts;a familiarity with issues faced by indigenous cultures in Japan, and their cultural expressions of those issues, which will in turn heighten awareness and understanding of the cultural landscape and biculturalism in Aotearoa NZ;skills in research, analysis, essay writing and oral presentation – key critical and communicative skills that are sought by employers and can be used in a range of applications.
Subject to approval of the Programme Director.
Domestic fee $952.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.