Introduction: Shock of the West and the "New Individual"
Natsume Soseki, Kokoro --- What is freedom? The struggle of a Meiji intellecutal
Mori Ogai, Wild Geese --- Self-awakening of a woman
Tokyo Cityscape, 1920s: Fascination/Disillusionment
Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, “Aguri” --- Sexuality and the body
Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, Naomi --- The beautiful enchantress? Modernity and sexuality
Akutagawa Ryunosuke, "Rashomon", "In a Grove" --- Struggling with the irrational
(Film Viewing: "Rashomon")
Lost in the Modern
Dazai Osamu, No Longer Human --- Or what does it mean to be human?
Quest for Identity in Postwar Japan
Kawabata Yasunari, The Snow Country --- Tradition and aesthetics
Mishima Yukio, "Patriotism" --- Tradition and nationalism
New Writing after the 1980s
Murakami Haruki, "The Second attack on a bakery"
Murakami Haruki, The Wild Sheep Chase, After Dark
Yoshimoto Banana, Kitchen --- Literature of healing?
Tawada Yoko, The Emissary, Kawakami HIromi, "Kamisama" and others