Units of Study Offered in Japanese Studies

JPNS3676 - Monsters & Ghosts: Japanese Fantasy & SF

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Rebecca Suter


The course will focus on fantasy and science fiction as means of representing the Other in modern Japanese literature and popular culture. Building on Tzvetan Todorov's definition of the fantastic as a hesitation between the realistic and the supernatural, it will analyse the way in which Japanese fantasy tackles issues of modernity, gender and cultural difference in a variety of genres and media, including the novel and short story, manga, anime and film, from the Meiji period to the present.


2x500wd in-class quizzes (2x8%), 1x1500wd presentation (25%), 1x1500wd essay (25%), 1x2000wd research project (34%)


2x1-hr seminars/week


JPNS1123 or JPNS1125 or JPNS2223 or JPNS2622

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