I teach first year Japanese language and a variety of Japanese literature courses in translation. My favorite course is "What is Real? Extraordinary Fiction in Japan and the World," which is a popular course and is affectionately referred to as "Japanese sci-fi." We examine a variety of works from fairy tales to satire to technological thrillers. In 2010, we discussed the films, "The Matrix" and "Inception" along with Izumi Kyoka's "One Day in Spring." I also teach several literature seminars in rotation, which students can take at the 300 or 400 level. 400 level is reserved for senior majors who are writing their thesis. Many seniors read their texts in Japanese. 300 level is for those with deep interest in Japan who have taken several other Japan related courses. Topics by year are- 2008: Notions of Modernity; 2009: Detective Fiction; 2010: From Genji to Godzilla-War and Peace in Japanese Literature. Future course idea: Variations of Chushingura (47 ronin). Suggestions for topics are welcomed. I enjoy all science fiction. I spent 7 weeks in Tokyo in April and May of 2010 while on leave and collected quite a bit of new sci-fi research materials. On another note, if you visit the AS suite, you can see the collection of Japanese plastic food -- it looks real!


Eleanor J. Hogan

Eleanor J. Hogan
Associate Professor, Asian Studies

Email: ehogan@gettysburg.edu
Phone: (717) 337 - 6793

Box: Campus Box 0441

Address: Breidenbaugh Hall
Room 212C
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

BA Bates College, 1989
MA Washington University in St. Louis, 1994
PhD Washington University in St. Louis, 2001
MA Yokohama Center thru Stanford University, 1993

Academic Focus:
Modern Japanese Literature, Nogami Yaeko, Science Fiction