Japanese Writers

Ref: C3742903

We will explore two novels by world renowned Japanese authors;"some prefer Nettles byJunichirio Tanizaki,published in 1928" & "A thousand Cranes" by Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata,published in 1952.We will compare & contrast these two novels with each other,& then do that with "A Pale View of Hills",by Kazuo Ishiguru,published in English, in 1982.Born in Japan in 1954,he arrived in England,aged five.

Course aim

To widen our experience of World Literature,by exploring two renowned Japanese authors,, & then comparing & contrasting those novels,not only with each other,but also with a novel by Ishiguru,mostly set in Japan,but who came to England,aged five.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Anyone interested in Literature & with a good understanding of English,equivalent to A level standard.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Compare & contrast not only the literary approaches of two renowned Japanese authors,but also an understanding of how an author born in Japan,but raised in England,writes about his country of birth.
  • Compare & contrast the techniques used by these authors to write critically acclaimed works of literature.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically analyse texts through group discussion.

How will I be taught?

  • Tutor led structured sessions,leading to active group discussions.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • It is essential to obtain copies of these novels & to complete the required reading prior to each session.Some Prefer Nettles by J Tanizaki.A Thousand Cranes by Y Kawabata.A Pale View of Hills by K Ishiguru. They are listed in order of study.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You must read each novel prior to the relevant session.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Japanese Writers


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