2019 Literature B

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Humanities and social science courses
Isozaki Kenichiro 
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Mon1-2(W521)  Thr1-2(W521)  
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Course description and aims

In this course, students will learn “What fiction is” by reading a variety of literary fiction; from the classics and early modern novels to modern Japanese novels.
We will look at the origin of fiction, from the classics to early modern and modern novels, and analyze the special features of each. Students in this course will study “At what time did what writer start expressing themselves with novels and why” with the professor, actually a novelist himself, showing students his own idea of what a novel is. We will not only look at novels from a literary perspective, but also look at the novel itself and think about what the novelist thought while writing the piece, what they aimed for, and what their goal was.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

1) Explain the development flow of novels.
2) Have an understanding of the junction of the classic and modern novels and explain it with specific examples of an author and their work.
3) Acquire a sense of closeness and respect towards novels by looking at various novels.


Literature, modern literature, history of literature

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

In each class, the instructor will introduce a work of literary fiction. Handouts are given out when necessary.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance
Class 2 Classics Read "Iliad", "Gospel", and "Don Quixote"
Class 3 Read Hawthorne Read "Wakefield"
Class 4 Read Flaubert Read Madame Bovary and understand the depiction of the piece
Class 5 Read novels of the 20th century Read Joyce, Proust, Virginia Woolf, Musil
Class 6 Read Kafka (1) Understand how Kafka's novels differ from novels that came before him.
Class 7 Read Kafka (2) Understand how Kafka's novels differ from novels that came before him.
Class 8 Read Kafka (3) Understand how Kafka's novels differ from novels that came before him.
Class 9 Read Kafka (4) Understand how Kafka's novels differ from novels that came before him.
Class 10 Read J.L.Borges "Ficciones" Read "The south" and think of the relation between dreams and novels.
Class 11 Read Anton Chekhov Study short stories of Chekhov.
Class 12 Read Garcia=Marquez Analyze "One Hundred Years of Solitude"
Class 13 Read Latin America novels Analyze Latin American short stories
Class 14 Read Modern Japanese novels (1)
Class 15 Read Modern Japanese novels (2)


None. Handouts will be given if necessary

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

Participance, speaking in class (25%)
Final Report (75%)

Related courses

  • LAH.H104 : Literature A
  • LAH.H304 : Literature C

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None, however students who took "Birth of fiction 1" in 2015 cannot take this class.

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Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance. Office West Bldg.9 Rm803.

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