“Food” in the course title is used literally, yet quite broadly. In this course we will focus on how food, eating, drinking, and cooking are used in modern Japanese literary works. Observing Japanese people’s relationships with food and these related actions in various genres of literature, we will examine the reflections of nationalism, cannibalism, globalism, ecocentrism, and feminism in Japanese historical contexts.
Through performing close-reading of literary works in Japanese, students are expected to cultivate sensitivity with subtle use of language as well as to develop reading and writing skills.
Coursework includes short responses, translations, and midterm and final essays.