For graduate students working with Japanese literature. This course covers a selection of core texts in modern Japanese fiction and current scholarly approaches to literature in relation to 1) censorship, and 2) film. During the second half of the quarter, students will conduct guided research on these topics, to culminate in a final research paper 20-25 pages in length. For the first half of the quarter, class will be conducted entirely in Japanese. Prerequisite: fourth-year Japanese or the equivalent, and permission of the instructors.