The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

BLS 327: Contemporary Asian Literature

Contemporary Asian Literature

In the last half-century, China, Japan, and India have undergone enormous change and become world powers. Their relations with the West have been intimate and problematic, since all of them have experienced some degree of colonization or occupation by England or the United States. The U.S. continues to have a large and controversial military presence in Japan.

This course examines the effect of those political and cultural influences on the peoples of those countries through novels by indigenous authors, novels that exhibit the difficulties and delights that Asian countries have experienced as their indigenous cultures meet the culture of the West—especially those of Great Britain and the United States. Each novel exhibits the conflict between the modern, Western world, and the old, traditional cultural forms. The characters in these novels attain varying degrees of assimilation of Western culture, and all feel the strain in some way. The focus of this course is the way the novels show the authors' being caught between two worlds: the old, traditional culture, and the new, modern one.

All of the novels in this course have enjoyed enormous popularity in the West; two are Booker Prize winners and the others are by prize-winning authors.

 

Textbook Requirements

BLS Program Notes

Spring 2014 Class Dates
BLS Session 1 (POT A)
• 13 Jan: Session Begins
• 15 Jan: Add/Drop Ends
• 05 Feb: W Deadline
• 28 Feb: Session Ends
BLS Session 2 (POT B)
• 03 Mar: Session Begins
• 05 Mar: Add/Drop Ends
• 03 Apr: W Deadline
• 38 Apr: Session Ends
Full Semester (POT 1)
• 13 Jan: Session Begins
• 17 Jan: Add/Drop Ends
• 07 Mar: W Deadline
• 29 Apr: Session Ends
• 07 May: Exams End

Congratulations to our December 2014 Graduates!
Aaron Baldwin
Beverly Brownlee
Lauren Casey
Roy Collie ***
Corrine Collinson
Brianna DeCarmine
Holli Duke
Laura Frantz *
Laura Hibberts
Kristina Hill **
Amanda Johnson
Amy Lomellini ***
Tracy Matthews
Jacquelyn McKenna ***
Christina Merrill
Pamela Myers
Bridgette Noll ***
Mackenzie Ratledge
Krystal Reynolds
Eva Richardson-Rivers
Shela Smiley
Jessica Trotman
Kelly Vogel-Dye

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