Timothy Unverzagt Goddard

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143 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
Japanese Literature (17th-Century to Present); Language; Modernity; Urban Space; Empire


EALL 214

Urban Space in Modern Japanese Literature

This course examines representations of urban space in Japanese literature from the 1890s to the 1940s, a period spanning the Meiji (1868–1912), Taishō (1912–1926), and Shōwa (1926–1989) eras. The profound transformation of Japanese society during these years was marked by rapid modernization, urban development, mass media, and imperial conquest. We discuss the different ways in which writers experienced and imagined the modern city, attending closely to themes of subjectivity, gender, sexuality, fantasy, and the grotesque.

Term: Fall 2020
Day/Time: M,W 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
EALL 261

Japanese Literature of the Early Modern Period

This course provides a panoramic view of Japanese literature of the early modern period (1600–1867). Readings explore the diverse genres that flourished during these years, including various forms of poetry, prose, and drama. We consider the different ways in which the transformation of Japanese society under the Tokugawa shogunate affected literary production, such as official censorship, the introduction of printing, the influence of Chinese learning and literati culture, and the vibrant urban milieus of Edo, Kyoto, and Osaka. We also refer to the two distinct genealogies of early modern Japanese literature, “popular” (zoku) and “refined” (ga), as a way of understanding this period in Japanese literary history.

Term: Spring 2021
Day/Time: M,W 11:35 AM -12:50 PM
EALL 265, EAST 253, LITR 251

Japanese Literature after 1970

This course provides a survey of Japanese literature from 1970 to the present. Readings include novels and essays from a diverse range of authors, addressing themes such as identity, language, memory, domesticity, postmodernism, and racial discrimination. Students develop extensive knowledge of contemporary Japanese literature, while also cultivating skills in close reading and research methods.

Term: Spring 2021
Day/Time: T 9:25 AM - 11:15 AM
EALL 268

The Literature of Japanese Empire

Spanning a period from the 1910s to the 1940s, this course considers the effects of Japanese imperialism on the development of modern literature in East Asia. How did authors from mainland Japan represent the so-called outer territories of the empire? How did authors from colonial Taiwan and Korea navigate issues of language, identity, and culture in their writings? What significance did the semi-colonial city of Shanghai hold in the modern literary imagination? Readings include a broad range of primary sources, including novels, short stories, essays, poems, and travelogues. We also engage with selections from recent secondary sources to understand how scholars have approached this tumultuous era in East Asian literary history. 

Term: Spring 2021
Day/Time: Th 9:25 AM - 11:15 AM
EALL 565, EAST 553

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 2021
Day/Time: T 9:25 AM - 11:15 AM