Japanese Courses Spring 2023

Spring 2023 Courses

Lower Division

JPN 003 Elementary Japanese, Sec. 1-9

JPN 006 Intermediate Japanese, Sec. 1-4

Upper Division

JPN 103 Modern Literature in Translation: The Modern Period
Michiko Suzuki

Course Description: This lecture/discussion course examines a broad range of major narrative texts in Japanese literature from the 1890s to the present. The novels and short stories we will read focus on issues of self and national identity, sexuality, war, westernization and modernity—issues that have been central to the Japanese cultural imagination since Japan opened up to the West in the mid-19th century. In addition to learning about the authors and their works, we will also examine the historical, literary and cultural contexts of the so-called modern period.

Lectures, readings and discussions will be in English. No previous knowledge of Japanese language or culture is required.


JPN 106 Japanese Culture Through Film
David Gundry

JPN 113 Modern Japanese: Reading & Discussion
Section 001 - Kazuhide Takeuchi
Section 003 - Moeko Watanabe

JPN 152 Traditional Japanese Drama
Joseph Sorensen

JPN 158 The Supernatural in Japan
Miki Wheeler

JPN 165 Sexuality and Love in Premodern Japanese Literature
David Gundry