2020 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences5:Literature

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Isozaki Kenichiro 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on fictions as a way of expression, and understand its originality by reading past works and actually writing them.
By comparing fictions with music and images, also by looking at various fictions from classics to moderns, the general idea of fictions being difficult will be taken away, therefore be able to learn the development and history of literary fictions. Also, with students writing a fiction and critically commenting each other, students will experience the moment a fiction is created, which can only be felt when one becomes an author.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the originality of novels as a way of expression with specific examples.
2) Explain the flow of the development of literary fictions.
3) Acquire a creative perspective by actually writing a fiction.


literature, fiction, music, images, creativity

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

First half will be lecture centered, however latter half will be like a workshop with students actually writing and criticizing fictions written by them.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance
Class 2 What is fiction? Learn what fictions can do but music and images cannot do.
Class 3 The history of fictions Learn the origin of literature by reading classic novels.
Class 4 The beginning of modern literature - authors in the 1920s Learn modern literature starting with Kafka, Musil, and Joyce.
Class 5 Modern Japanese literature Learn modern Japanese literature continuing today.
Class 6 Writing a fiction Explain the faculty's own way and view of a fiction.
Class 7 Short story Presentation Students present their own short story and crically comment each other.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


None, handouts given when necessary

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

Participance, speaking in class (20%)
Final report (80%)

Related courses

  • LAH.H104 : Literature A
  • LAH.H204 : Literature B
  • LAH.H304 : Literature C

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Contact by e-mail in advance. Office West Building 9 Room 803.

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