Stephen Poland

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Lecturer in East Asian Languages & Literatures (August 2017 - June 2018)
Areas of interest : 
Literature and Cinema in 20th Century East Asia
Region: 
China, Japan, Korea, Transregional

Stephen Poland received his Ph.D. in Modern Japanese Literature from Yale University in 2016, previously earning an M.A. at the University of Washington and B.A. in Philosophy at Grinnell College. He works on literature and cinema in 20th century East Asia, focusing on how shifting problems of empire and nation, community and subjectivity are worked through by these two important cultural industries of capitalist modernity.

Courses

EALL 265, LITR 251

Japanese Literature after 1970

Study of Japanese literature published between 1970 and the present. Writers may include Murakami Ryu, Maruya Saiichi, Shimada Masahiko, Nakagami Kenji, Yoshimoto Banana, Yamada Eimi, Murakami Haruki, and Medoruma Shun.

Term: Spring 2018
Day/Time: M,W 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
EALL 289, LITR 255

Crime and Detective Fiction in East Asian Literature and Film

Exploration of East Asian literature, film, culture, and history through examination of the genre of “crime” or “detective” fiction. Topics include genre theory, as well as a variety of traveling themes in modernity, such as sexuality, surveillance, colonialism, scientific rationality, perversion, the urban, debt, violence, and transnational cultural flows.

Term: Fall 2017
Day/Time: T, Th 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
EALL 292

Japanese New Wave Cinema

Study of the “New Wave” in Japanese cinema in the period between 1955-1975, with focus on how films sought to make social and political interventions both in content and film form. Consideration of what New Wave films and critical writing tell the world about Japan’s postwar, high-speed economic growth; student and counterculture movements; and the place of Japan in the Cold War order.

Term: Fall 2017
Day/Time: M,W 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
EALL 299

Decolonizing East Asia

Exploration of how literary and cinematic works engaged with, promoted, critiqued, and struggled with empire and colonization in East Asia from the late-nineteenth-century to the present day. Topics include Japan’s imperial rivalry with colonial and postcolonial Europe; post-WWII cultural works and the neoimperialism of Soviet-American Cold War order; empire and colonization after the Cold War, especially in terms of the rise of China; and continued relevance of past imperial formations in twenty-first-century cultural production.

Term: Spring 2018
Day/Time: M,W 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM
EALL 565

Japanese Literature after 1970

Study of Japanese literature published between 1970 and the present. Writers may include Murakami Ryu, Maruya Saiichi, Shimada Masahiko, Nakagami Kenji, Yoshimoto Banana, Yamada Eimi, Murakami Haruki, and Medoruma Shun.

Term: Spring 2018
Day/Time: M,W 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM