Timothy Unverzagt Goddard

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Lecturer
Address: 
320 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
Japanese Literature (17th-Century to Present); Language; Modernity; Urban Space; Empire
Region: 
Japan

Courses

EALL 262

Natsume Soseki

This seminar explores the oeuvre of Natsume Sōseki (1867–1916), the preeminent writer of modern Japan. Readings include a broad sampling of Sōseki’s fiction from across his career, as well as selected poems and essays. Discussions situate Sōseki’s writings in the context of Japan’s rapid modernization and imperial expansion during the Meiji period (1868–1912), and considers Sōseki’s enduring legacy in the Japanese literary canon and as a figure of world literature.

Term: Spring 2022
Day/Time: W 9:25 AM - 11:15 AM
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 2022
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 2022
Day/Time: Th 9:25 AM - 11:15 AM
EALL 273a

Postwar Japanese Literature

Spanning a period from 1945 to 1970, this course provides an introduction to Japanese literature after Japan’s catastrophic defeat in the Asia-Pacific War. Readings include novels, essays, and poetry by major writers of the era, including Dazai Osamu, Enchi Fumiko, Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, and Tanizaki Jun’ichirō. In our discussions, we consider how Japanese writers responded to this moment of profound crisis, exploring such themes as identity, memory, modernity, and the nation.

Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: W 9:25 AM - 11:15 AM
EALL 562

Natsume Sōseki

This seminar explores the oeuvre of Natsume Sōseki (1867–1916), the preeminent writer of modern Japan. Readings include a broad sampling of Sōseki’s fiction from across his career, as well as selected poems and essays. Discussions situate Sōseki’s writings in the context of Japan’s rapid modernization and imperial expansion during the Meiji period (1868–1912) and consider Sōseki’s enduring legacy in the Japanese literary canon and as a figure of world literature.

Term: Spring 2022
Day/Time: W 9:25 AM - 11:15 AM