Inspired in part by the Naturalist works of Émile Zola, Guy de Maupassant, and Stephen Crane, Japanese fiction after 1900 began to incorporate scientific ideas like evolution into the treatment of human fallibility. Wrestling with questions of culpability and motive, writers produced some of the most complex, enigmatic psychological thrillers ever written anywhere. In this course we will read four short stories and four novels by some of the greatest masters of this form, and also discuss the films based on them. As we ponder the “Japanese-ness” of these examples of a quintessentially modern genre, we will try to relate these works to some...
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Stephen Roddy, PhD, Dept. of Modern & Classical Languages, USF