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; literary modernism; critical posthumanities.
Modern/contemporary Japanese women’s poetry and fiction, gender, sexuality, and the body, affect studies, contemporary popular and visual culture in Japan, literary modernism, critical posthumanities
JPNS 3871 - Horror and the Macabre in Japanese Literature, Film, Culture
Fall 2018 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
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 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
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 5830 - Readings in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Thought and Culture
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
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.
JPNS 5920 - Topics in Modern Literature and Culture
Fall 2019 / Fall 2022
Close study of a specific problem or issue in modern or contemporary literature or culture: e.g., transwar literary nationalism. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.