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New Fall Course Offering: Modern Japanese Poetry (EAL246)


New Fall course offering in East Asian Languages and Literatures: EAL 246 Modern Japanese Poetry. Class meets Monday and Wednesday, 1:10-2:30 p.m., Burton B17—instructor: Nicholas Albertson (nalbertson@smith.edu). After Japan’s semi-seclusion ended in the mid-19th century, the country witnessed an extraordinary blossoming of experimentation and enrichment in poetic forms, diction, subject matter, and purpose. This course will begin with a brief introduction to the venerated poetic traditions of pre-modern Japan, pick up with the major poetic reforms of the Meiji period (1868-1912), and then follow the remarkable course of Japanese poetry—in its momentous historical context—up to the present. Topics covered will include modernization, gender, class, translation, linguistic nationalism, and literary theory. All readings are in English and there are no prerequisites. For more information, contact Nicholas Albertson at (nalbertson@smith.edu).