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JAPN 453 - Readings in Modern Japanese Literature

Library research guide for JAPN 453: Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (Winter Session 2021/22)


Welcome! This guide is to support the JAPN 453 students in their work on the projects, presentations and examinations for this research intensive course on modern Japanese literature. Check out also the regular Japanese Studies Resources guide for more complete listing of available resources.

If you have any questions, please contact your librarian, Tomoko Kitayama Yen.

Having an urgent question after hours? Online chat reference service, staffed by B.C. academic librarians, is available at AskAway.

Finding Literary Text

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When you have the literary text, consider your project topic and come up with useful keywords for your library research. Questions to think about:

  • Who is the author?
  • What is the author's background that affected the author's works (upbringing, family, education, etc.)?

→ Find biographical information

  • When was the work published?
  • What happened in Japan around the published year? What was the historical context of the work?

→ Find historical information

  • How was the original work published? Which literary journal was the work published? Was the work collected in an anthology? Which literary journal was the author associated with?

→ Find literary journals and anthologies

Online Databases for the Translated Works