JAPA420-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Readings in Contemporary Japanese Literature: 1980s to the present

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


The course introduces students to Japanese literary texts from the 1980s to the present. A selection of short stories and poetry by a range of contemporary authors, including Okinawan-Japanese novelists, are read and studied in the original Japanese. Students are introduced to various major literary and other theoretical discourses and these are then applied to analyze the texts from both literary and sociological points of view. Training is also provided in the translation of Japanese literary texts.

Learning Outcomes

  • As a student in this course you will acquire a range of knowledge and skills, including:

  • skills in reading Japanese literature in the original;
  • skills in translating Japanese literary works;
  • familiarity with a number of representative contemporary Japanese writers;
  • familiarity with, and skills in ‘reading’ and analysing, a selection of contemporary Japanese short stories;
  • an understanding of the relationships between the selected works and their social, cultural and historical contexts;
  • a familiarity with issues faced by indigenous cultures in Japan, and their cultural expressions of those issues, which will in turn heighten awareness and understanding of the cultural landscape and biculturalism in Aotearoa NZ;
  • skills in research, analysis, essay writing and oral presentation – key critical and communicative skills that are sought by employers and can be used in a range of applications.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Programme Director.



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Susan Bouterey

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,023.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All JAPA420 Occurrences

  • JAPA420-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024