Stephen Poland

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Lecturer in East Asian Languages & Literatures (August 2017 - June 2019)
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 2019
Day/Time: HTBA
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 2018
Day/Time: M,W 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
EALL 293

Hiroshima to Fukushima: Ecology and Culture in Japan

This course explores how Japanese literature, cinema, and popular culture have engaged with questions of environment, ecology, pollution, and climate change from the wake of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 to the ongoing Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in the present. Environmental disasters and the slow violence of their aftermath have had an enormous impact on Japanese cultural production, and we examine how these cultural forms seek to negotiate and work through questions of representing the unrepresentable, victimhood and survival, trauma and national memory, uneven development and discrimination, the human and the nonhuman, and climate change’s impact on imagining the future. Special attention is given to the possibilities and limitations of different forms—the novel, poetry, film, manga, anime—that Japanese writers and artists have to think about humans’ relationship with the environment. 

Term: Fall 2018
Day/Time: T, Th 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 2019
Day/Time: HTBA
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 2019
Day/Time: HTBA