Goals of the Course(JPN)
Goals of the Course
|On March 11, 2011 a gigantic earthquake hit northeastern Japan. Within minutes, the ensuing tsunamis destroyed a 500km stretch of coastline, claiming more than 18,000 lives, and triggering the worst nuclear incident since Chernobyl at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Almost ten years later, reconstruction is well under way, but tens of thousands of people are still unable to return home as vast stretches of land are contaminated by radioactivity. In this course, we will read about key facts surrounding the triple disaster, and study the way writers have responded to it during the span of almost a decade. The texts are discussed in close relation to their empirical contexts, helping students to better understand what continues to be one of the most pressing issues in contemporary Japanese society, and consider the role of art in times of disaster.|
Objectives of the Course(JPN)
Course Content / Plan
|While our main focus will be on works of literature published (and translated) after 3.11-“Fukushima”, we will make excursions to other genres such as theatre, music, and film. The below schedule is tentative and subject to change.|
W1-5: Background Readings
W6-10: Music, Manga, Theatre, Film, Art
W11-15: Poetry & Prose
Course Prerequisites and Related Courses
|None, except for the willingness to read a different literary text each week.|
Course Evaluation Method and Criteria
|Class participation 30%|
Presentation/ Discussion leadership 30%
Final term paper 40%
* Subject to change depending on the class size.
To pass, students must earn 60 points in total.
|All readings will be made available electronically. With a few exceptions, the Japanese versions of the literary texts are available from NU libraries.|
|Additionally, the following books are recommended:|
1. DiNitto, Rachel. Fukushima Fiction. Polity Press, 2019.
2. Geilhorn, Barbara, and Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, eds. Fukushima and the Arts. Negotiating nuclear disaster. Routledge, 2017.
3. Gill, Tom, Brigitte Steger and David H. Slater, eds. Japan Copes with Calamity. Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011. Peter Lang, 2013.
4. Kingston, Jeff, editor. Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan: Response and Recovery after Japan’s 3/11. Routledge. 2012.
5. Manabe, Noriko. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Protest Music after Fukushima. 2013.
6. Starrs, Roy, ed. When the Tsunami Came to Shore: Culture and Disaster in Japan. Global Oriental. 2014.
7. Thouny, Christophe, and Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, editors. Planetary Atmospheres and Urban Society after Fukushima. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
Study Load(Self-directed Learning Outside Course Hours)
|Significant weekly reading assignments; preparation for presentation/ discussion leadership|
|By the deadline specified by NU.|
|This course will be held on site if the pandemic situation allows and if all JACS students taking the course are in Japan. Contact me individually if you want to participate online.|
Lecture format, etc.
|This course is not a lecture but a reading intensive seminar the outcome of which depends on everyone's level of preparation and participation.|