This advanced level course is designed for students to learn about six prominent contemporary Japanese writers and analyze their work. Students are required to research each Japanese contemporary writer and analyze how their personal background is reflected in their work of fiction. Students will also examine how Japanese society is depicted in their work and how the writers give reality into their work in fiction.
Students will not only work with the original Japanese texts, but also they will read the translation of the six fictions by the contemporary Japanese writers. By examining the English translation of each work, students will learn translation techniques and theories. As the final project of the course, students are required to choose one short story by a Japanese contemporary writer and examine and translate his/her work.