Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Final Paper for Transnational Sexuality Course

I have finally decided on a subject for my final project for the course. The title is: Interracial Sexuality in Three Representative Works of Japanese Fiction. Here's the abstract.

Using the ideas developed in the Koshiro, Manderson/Jolly, Svoboda, Ling, and Constable articles, I will examine the following: Mori Ogai's The Dancing Girl 舞姫 (1890), which is a sort of reversal of Puccini's Madame Butterfly (1898); Tanizak's Some Prefer Nettles 蓼喰ふ蟲, (1929), which can be read as a parody of East-West discourses; and finally Murakami Ryu's Almost Transparent Blue (限りなく透明に近いブルー (1976), a brilliantly politically-incorrect and decadent novel that reveals the racist attitudes of many contemporary Japanese. All three of these novels are centered around interracial sexual relationships, and, in a broad sense, they together reveal how attitudes toward interracial sexuality changed from 1890 to 1976.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions or comments.

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