A close reading of A Pale View of Hills (1982) by Kazuo Ishiguro, who was born in Nagasaki in 1954 and left Japan in 1960 with his family to move to Surrey, England. In his first novel, Ishiguro depicts Etsuko, a Japanese woman living alone in England, and her memories of Nagasaki during the American occupation after the war. The theme of mother-daughter relationship will again be the focus of this semester.
Class attendance / oral presentations / assignments / term papter
Kazuo Ishiguro, A Pale View of Hills (1982. Vintage International, 1990)
Other readings to be supplied as handouts.
Reference books will be introduced in class.
Assigned readings must be completed before each class. Active participation in discussion is essential.
1. Kazuo Ishiguro's life and literary career 2. A Pale View of Hills (1982) (1) The mothers and the daughters Etsuko and Keiko Etsuko and Niki Sachiko and Mariko (2) The role of recollection (3) Cultural and generational conflicts 3. An interview with the novelist 4. Other novels by Kazuo Ishiguro 5. Various critical approaches to fiction
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