Janice Brown’s areas of specialization are modern/contemporary Japanese women’s poetry and fiction; gender, sexuality, and the body; affect studies; and contemporary popular and visual culture in Japan.
Modern/contemporary Japanese women’s poetry and fiction, gender, sexuality, and the body, affect studies, contemporary popular and visual culture in Japan
JPNS 3871 - Horror and the Macabre in Japanese Literature, Film, Culture
Explores Japanese horror texts from both the pre-modern and modern eras in a variety of genres, including the monogatari, kaidan, kabuki, contemporary horror fiction, film and anime. Texts will be considered in historical and cultural context with attention being given to interactions with and within popular culture. Taught in English.
JPNS 3881 - Environment, Nature and Disaster in Japanese Literature and Culture
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Explores the significance of the environment, nature and disaster in Japanese literature and culture through readings in a variety of genres, including fiction, essay, poetry, sci-fi, film and anime. Attention will also be given to environmental/ecological issues, such as conservation, pollution, biodiversity and industrial development. Taught in English.
JPNS 5820 - Contemporary Japanese Literature
Covers developments in Japanese prose fiction and/or other literary genres from the end of the Pacific War in 1945 to the present. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
JPNS 5830 - Readings in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Thought and Culture
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
Examines central issues in Japanese culture and society since the Meiji Restoration (1868) through selected readings of the works of major writers in the fields of literature, anthropology, feminism, political science, and religion, among others. Provides a broad context for cultural studies in modern and contemporary Japan by positioning the most important commentators within their historical and social situations. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.