Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Michael Kuehl

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages



Contemporary Japanese literature, Russian literature, Translation, Literary analysis, Trauma studies, Psychoanalytic theory, Gender studies.


ANS 372 • Contemp Japanese Literature

32244 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BEN 1.124

This course examines contemporary Japanese literature produced after the economic bubble in 1991 to the present. The core objective is to develop critical close reading skills which will allow us to think, discuss, and write analytically about how Japanese artists conceptualize contemporary Japan and the issues Japanese society currently faces. In addition to considering the form and style of Japanese fiction (including some examples from contemporary cinema), we will also approach such themes as family, gender relations, sexuality, economic stagnation, religion, crime, the environment, natural and man-made disasters, war memory, and technology.  Through our rigorous exploration of literature, we will find out what we can learn both about and from Japan. 

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