EAJ 391

WORLD WAR II: THE JAPANESE VIEW

Fall 2010 Call Number 16850

T Th 11:45 a.m. -1:05 p.m.  Humanities 123

 

Instructor: Susanna Fessler

Office: Humanities 243

Office Hours: TTH 1:30-2:30 and by appt.

Phone: 518-442-4119

e-mail: fessler@albany.edu

 

Course Description:

            This course will examine several works of Japanese prose literature written during and after World War II.  The works include essays, novels, short stories, and one poem.  We will give attention to the question of how the Japanese (as expressed through literature) perceived their role in the war, and if that attitude changed with the passing of time.  Class format will include lectures and discussion; preparation for class and class participation are an important part of student evaluation. All readings are in English, but students who want to do the readings in Japanese are welcome to do so (see instructor for original texts).  Course Prerequisites: EAJ212 or permission of the instructor.

 

Required Texts:

·         The Harp of Burma by Takeyama Michio

·         Black Rain by Ibuse Masuji

·         Fires on the Plain by Ōoka Shōhei

·         Electronic Reserves (ERES) Readings

 

Testing and Grading:

            Students will be required to write one 10-page paper during the course of the semester.  Students have the option of submitting a first draft for feedback before submitting a final draft. There will be a mid-term examination, and a final examination.  Attendance will be taken regularly; students are expected to attend class unless extenuating circumstances prevent it.    There will be intermittent, unannounced quizzes on the content of the reading.  These quizzes are EASY if you have done the reading, but IMPOSSIBLE if you have not.  Missed quizzes on days when a student DOES NOT have an excused absence CANNOT be made up.

 

Course grades will be based on the following criteria:

 

Mid-Term Examination

20%

10-page paper

30%

Final Examination

20%

Quizzes

15%

Class Attendance

15%

 

                                               

                                                                       

Date

 

 

Topic

Reading

August

31

T

A Brief History of the War

None (Read selections from Japan at War later)

Sept.

2

Th

Intro to war literature

“The Barren Years” & “Japanese Writers and the Greater East Asian War” (ERes)

7

T

The Propaganda

Earth and Soldiers

9

Th

NO CLASSES (Rosh Hashanah)

None

14

T

The Propaganda, con’t

Wheat and Soldiers

16

Th

Closer to the Truth

Soldiers Alive, chapters 1-6

21

T

Closer to the Truth

Soldiers Alive, chapters 7-12

23

Th

Oguma Hideo’s Poetry

Tumbleweed Company; Long, Long Autumn Nights

28

T

Revising History, Part II

“The Past in the Present” (ERes)

30

Th

Revising the War in China

Citadel in Spring, chapters 1-5

Oct.

5

T

Revising the War in China

Citadel in Spring, chapters 6-11

7

Th

A Rosy View

Harp of Burma, pp. 11-31

12

T

A Rosy View

Harp of Burma, pp. 32-132

14

Th

Midterm Examination

None

19

T

How to Write About Literature

None

21

Th

Life of a POW

Fires on the Plain, pp. 3-111

26

T

Life of a POW

Fires on the Plain, pp. 112-246

28

Th

Hayashi Fumiko

“Bones”

Nov.

2

T

Ibuse Masuji

“Lieutenant Lookeast

4

Th

Ibuse Masuji, con’t.

Tajinko Village” First Draft Due

9

T

Kojima Nobuo

“Stars”

 

11

Th

Mori Hana

Jirohattan;  

16

T

Sakaguchi Ango

“The Idiot”

18

Th

Umezaki Haruo

Sakurajima

23

T

Hara Tamiki

“Summer Flower”; Final Draft Due

25

Th

No Class—Thanksgiving

None

30

T

Ōe Kenzaburō

“Prize Stock”

Dec.

2

Th

The Atomic Bomb

Black Rain

7

T

The Atomic Bomb

Black Rain

 

The final exam is scheduled for Monday, December 13th 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.