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Module Reading List

Contemporary World Literature, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Richard Hibbitt
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

 Primary Reading (in order of study)

 Student to purchase:

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Semester One: 

Han, Kang, The vegetarian : a novel ISBN: 9781846276033 (pbk.) : £7.99, trans. Deborah Smith (London: Portobello Books, 2015) 

Murakami, Haruki, Kafka on the shore ISBN: 9780099458326; 0099458322, trans. Philip Gabriel (London: Vintage Books, 2005) 

Tawada, Yoko, Memoirs of a polar bear ISBN: 9781846276316 (pbk.) : £12.99, trans. Susan Bernofsky (London: Portobello Books, 2016)

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 Semester Two: 

Tolstaya, Tatiana, The slynx ISBN: 9781590171967 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1590171969 (pbk. : alk. paper), trans. Jamey Gambrell (New York: New York Review Books, 2007) 

Ferrante, Elena, The story of the lost child ISBN: 9781609452865 (softcover); 1609452860 (softcover), trans. Ann Goldstein (London: Europa Editions, 2015) 

Tellado, Corín, Thursdays with Leila ISBN: 9781781882443 (pbk.) trans. Duncan Wheeler (Cambridge: MHRA, 2015)

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 Secondary reading

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 Weeks 2-4

 Han Kang and Deborah Smith

 Han, Kang, ‘Excerpt from The vegetarian : a novel ISBN: 9781846276033 (pbk.) : £7.99, trans. by Janet Hong, Azaelia, 3 (2010), 117–134 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (hew 23/11/2017) 

 Han, Kang, Human acts ISBN: 9781846275975 £8.99 (pbk.), trans. by Deborah Smith (London: Portobello Press, 2016)

 Han, Kang, ‘The Fruit of my Woman’, translated by Deborah Smith, Granta. ISSN: 0017-3231 133 (2016)

 Calleja, Jen, ‘Verfreundungseffekt: A Question Of Humanity – Han Kang & An Interview With Deborah Smith’, The Quietus, 6 March 2016

 Reynolds, Mark, ‘Han Kang: To be Human’, Bookanista

 ‘You say Melon, I say Lemon: Deborah Smith’s Flawed yet Remarkable Translation of The Vegetarian’, Korea Expose, 2 July 2017

 Yun, Charse,"How the bestseller 'The Vegetarian,' translated from Han Kang's original, caused an uproar in South Korea".  Los Angeles Times, 22 September 2017

Korean Contexts

Cumings, Bruce, Korea's place in the sun : a modern history ISBN: 0393040119 (New York: Norton, 2005)

Fulton, Bruce, and Youngmin Kwon, Modern Korean fiction : an anthology ISBN: 9780231135139 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0231135122 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780231135122 (cloth : alk. paper); 0231135130 (pbk. : alk. paper) (New York: University of Columbia Press, 2005)

Heo, Uk, and Terence Roehrig, South Korea's rise : economic development, power and foreign relations ISBN: 9781107690530 £18.99 (pbk.); 9781107012509 £50.00 (hbk.); 9781139989619 (PDF ebook) : No price (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Jones, Nicola Anne, Gender and the political opportunities of democratization in South Korea ISBN: 1403972494 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006)

JuHui, Judy Han, and Jennifer Jihye Chun, ‘Introduction: Gender and Politics in Contemporary Korea”, Journal of Korean Studies, 19 (2014), 245–255 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (GW 03/10/2017) .

Kendall, Laurel, Getting married in Korea : of gender, morality, and modernity ISBN: 9780520202009 (pbk); 0520202007 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0520201981 (alk. paper) (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996)

Kim, Elaine, and Chungmoo Choi, eds., Dangerous women : gender and Korean nationalism ISBN: 0415915066 (pbk) : £15.99; 0415915058 (cased) : £50.00 (London: Routledge, 1998)

Kim, Young-Ok, ‘Modernization in the 1970s and the Female Body’, in Feminist Cultural Politics in Korea, ed. by Jung-Hwa Oh (Souel: Prunsasang, 2005), pp. 165–194  

Kyungja Jung, Practicing feminism in South Korea : the women's movement against sexual violence ISBN: 9780415567275 (hardback); 0415567270 (hardback); 9781315887289 (ebook) (London: Routledge, 2014)

Lie, John, Han unbound : the political economy of South Korea ISBN: 0804740151 (cloth : alk. paper); 0804730555 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998)

For further resources on Korea (gender, economics, history, etc.) visit the Korean Studies Portal <>

Avenues for Critical Theory

 Adams, Carol J., The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, 20th anniversary edition (New York and London: Continuum, 2010)

Agamben, Giorgio, ‘What is a Destituent Power?’, trans. by Stephanie Wakefield, Environment and planning. D : society and space. ISSN: 0263-7758, 32 (2014), 65–74  

Irigaray, Luce, and Michael Marder, Through vegetal being : two philosophical perspectives ISBN: 9780231173872 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780231173865 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780231541510 (e-book) (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016)

Laist, Randy, ed., Plants and literature : essays in critical plant studies ISBN: 9789401209991 (e-book) (Leiden: Brill, 2013)

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Weeks 5-8


 Murakami Haruki." In The Global Literary Field, edited by Anna Guttman, Michel Hockx and George Paizis, 22-40. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006. (pdf)

 Auestad, Reiko Abe. The Problematic of Border-crossing in Kafka on the Shore: Between Metaphor and Reality,” Essays in Honour of Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit on the Occasion of her 60th Birthday. Iudicium Verlag 2008. (pdf)

 Clerici, Nathen. 2016. "History, "Subcultural Imagination," and the Enduring Appeal of Murakami Haruki." The journal of Japanese studies. ISSN: 0095-6848 42, no. 2: 247-278.  

Hillenbrand, Margaret. “Murakami Haruki in Greater China: Creative Responses and the Quest for Cosmopolitanism.” The journal of Asian studies. ISSN: 0021-9118, vol. 68, no. 3, 2009, pp. 715–747.  

 Karatani Kojin." The Landscape of Murakami Haruki: Pinball in the Year 1973, in History and repetition ISBN: 9780231157292 (pbk.) : £19.00; 9780231157285 (hbk.) : £24.00; 0231157282 (hbk.) : £24.00; 0231157290 (pbk.) : £19.00; 9780231528658 (ebook) : £15.00; 0231528655 (ebook) : £15.00, New York: Columbia University Press, 2012, pp.117-150.    

 Marling, W. (2016). Gatekeepers : the emergence of world literature and the 1960s ISBN: 9780190274153 (e-book) (First ed.). US: Oxford University Press.

 Nihei, Chikako. 2016. "The Productivity of a Space In-between: Murakami Haruki as a Translator." Japanese studies. ISSN: 1037-1397 36, no. 3: 383-397.  

 Orgad, Yariv. 2017. "On wabi sabi and the aesthetics of family secrets: Reading Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the shore." Culture & Psychology ISSN: 1354-067X 23, no. 1: 52-73.  

 Rubin, Jay. Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words / Jay Rubin. London :: Harvill, 2002.

Strecher, Matthew Carl. Dances with sheep : the quest for identity in the fiction of Murakami Haruki ISBN: 1929280076 (cloth : alk. paper) Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Japanese Studies/University of Michigan, 2002.

 Tayler, Christopher. "Reality B." Review of 1Q84: Book 1 and Book 2, by Haruki Murakami, translated by Jay Rubin and 1Q84: Book 3, by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel. London Review of Books 33 no. 24 (2011): 21-22,

 Weinberger, Christopher. 2015. "Reflexive Realism and Kinetic Ethics: The Case of Murakami Haruki's 1Q84." Representations. ISSN: 0734-6018 131, 105-133. Art Full Text (H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost (accessed September 26, 2017).

 Yeung, V. (2016). Time and timelessness: A study of narrative structure in Murakami Haruki's Kafka on the Shore. Mosaic : a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature. ISSN: 0027-1276, 49(1)  

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Weeks 9-11


 General Reading

 Beebee, Thomas ed. German literature as world literature ISBN: 9781623563912 (hardback : alk. paper) (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014)

Herrmann, Elisabeth, Carrie-Smith Prei, and Stuart Taberner eds. Transnationalism in contemporary German-language literature ISBN: 9781571139252 (hbk.) : £60.00; 1571139257 (hbk) (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2015)  Introduction please is possible   

Taberner, Stuart, Transnationalism and German-language literature in the twenty-first century ISBN: 9783319504834 (hbk.) : £74.50 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)  Introduction please is possible   

Slaymaker, Doug, ed. Yōko Tawada : voices from everywhere ISBN: 9780739122730 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780739122723 (cloth : alk. paper); 073912272X (cloth : alk. paper); 0739122738 (pbk. : alk. paper) (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007) – provides useful biographical information on Tawada, as well as an introduction to her other work

Book Chapters/Articles

Herrmann, Elisabeth, ‘How Does Transnationalism Redefine Contemporary Literature?’, in Transnationalism in contemporary German-language literature ISBN: 9781571139252 (hbk.) : £60.00; 1571139257 (hbk) (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2015), pp. 19-42  

Kafka, Franz, ‘A Report to an Academy’, in Franz Kafka: The Compete Stories, ed. Nahum N. Glatzer (New York: Schocken Books, 1983), pp. 250-262

Sturm-Trigonakis, Elke ‘Contemporary German-Based Hybrid Texts as New World Literature’ in German literature as world literature ISBN: 9781623563912 (hardback : alk. paper), ed. Thomas Beebee (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp. 177-195    

Brandt, Bettina, ‘The Postcommunist Eye: An Interview with Yoko Tawada’ < > [Last Accessed 20 September 2017]

 Reviews and Newspaper Articles

Galchen, Rivka, ‘Imagine That: The Profound Empathy of Yoko Tawada’, The New York Times Magazine, 27 October 2016 <> [Last Accessed 18 September 2017]

 Goldman, Nathan, ‘Memoirs of a Polar Bear: Yoko Tawada’, Full Stop: Reviews, Interviews, Marginalia, February 9 2017 <> [Last Accessed 18 September 2017]

 Sobelle, Stefanie, ‘Susan Bernofsky Walks the Tightrope: An Interview About Translating Yoko Tawada’s “Memoirs of a Polar Bear”, Los Angeles Review of Books, 9 November 2016 < > [Last Accessed 18 September 2017]

 O’Key, Dominic, ‘Writing between species: Yoko Tawada’s memoirs of a polar bear’, 3am Magazine < > [Last Accessed 20 September 2017]

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Weeks 15-17


 Borenstein, Eliot, ‘Dystopias and catastrophe tales after Chernobyl’, in Evgeny Dobrenko and Mark Lipovetsky, eds, Russian literature since 1991 ISBN: 9781107068513 (hb : alk. paper) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, 86-103.

 Clowes, Edith, ‘Deconstructing Imperial Moscow’, in Russia on the edge : imagined geographies and post-Soviet identity ISBN: 9780801477256 (pbk.) : £16.50; 9780801448560 (hbk.) : £42.95; 0801448565 (hbk.) : £42.95; 0801477255 (pbk.) : £16.50, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2011, 19-42.

 Goscilo, Helena, ‘Dystopian Dreams’, The Women's Review of Books ISSN: 0738-1433, 20: 8 (2003), 10-11.

 Griffiths, Mark, ‘Moscow after the Apocalypse’, Slavic review. ISSN: 0037-6779 72: 3 (Fall 2013), 481-504,

 Ivanova, Natal’ia, ‘Grind the peacack into burkers: on Tatyana Tolstaya’s The Slynx’, Russian studies in literature ISSN: 1061-1975, 39: 4 (2003), 72-77.

 Latynina, Alla, ‘There’s your spiritual renaissance for you: on Tatyana Tolstaya’s The Slynx’, Russian studies in literature ISSN: 1061-1975, 39: 4 (2003), 66-71,

 Os’mukhina, Ol’ga, ‘Literature as technique’, Russian studies in literature ISSN: 1061-1975, 48: 4 (2012), 7-17.

General reading

 Dobrenko, Evgeny and Lipovetsky, Mark, eds, Russian literature since 1991 ISBN: 9781107068513 (hb : alk. paper), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015

 Goscilo, Helena, The explosive world of Tatyana N. Tolstaya's fiction ISBN: 156324859X (pbk. : alk. paper ; c : alk. paper); 1563248581, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1996 [NB: written before The Slynx was published, but helpful in understanding Tolstaya’s technique.]

 Lipovetsky, Mark, Russian postmodernist fiction : dialogue with chaos ISBN: 076560177X (p : alk. paper); 0765601761, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1999.

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Weeks 18-20


 'Ties that bind. A four-volume feminist novel from Naples has become an unlikely global hit', The economist. ISSN: 0013-0613, 27 August 2015,

 Molly Fischer, 'Elena Ferrante and the force of female friendship', The New Yorker. ISSN: 0028-792X, 4 September 2014,

 Mona Simpson, 'Elena Ferrante Writes Fiction That Feels Autobiographical. But Who Is She?', New republic. ISSN: 0028-6583 10 October 2014,

 Jillian R. Cavanaugh, 'Indexicalities of Language in Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels: Dialect and Italian as Markers of Social Value and Difference', in The works of Elena Ferrante : reconfiguring the margins ISBN: 9781137590626 (hbk.) : £66.99, ed by Grace Russo Bullaro e Stephanie Love (New York: Palgrave Mcmillan, 2016)

 Katrin Wehling-Giorgi, 'Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels: Writing Liminality', Allegoria. ISSN: 1122-1887, 73 (2016), pp.204-210. - Available online: OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 02/11/2017) 

 'Elena Ferrante, Art of Fiction No. 228', The Paris Review, Issue 212, Spring 2015,

Frantumaglia : a writer's journey ISBN: 9781609454326 (pbk.) : £11.99, translated by Ann Goldstein (New York: Europa Editions, 2016)

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 Weeks 21-23


 Holmes, Diana (2006). Romance and readership in twentieth century France : love stories ISBN: 0199249849 (alk. paper); 9780199249848 (alk. paper) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). 

 Labanyi, Jo (2002). ‘Introduction: Engaging with Ghosts, or Theorizing Culture in Modern Spain’, in Constructing identity in contemporary Spain : theoretical debates and cultural practice ISBN: 0198159943 (pbk. ; cased) : £15.99; 0198159935, ed. by Jo Labanyi (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 

 O’Byrne, Patricia (2008). ‘Popular Fiction in Post-War Spain: The Smoothing, Subversive Novela Rosa’, Journal of Romance studies. ISSN: 1473-3536; 1752-2331 8.2: 37-57. 

 Radway, Janice (1984). Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984).

 Wheeler, Duncan (2012). ‘Raphael and Spanish Popular Song: A Master Entertainer and/or Music for Maids’, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 16: 11-30. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 02/11/2017) 

This list was last updated on 01/12/2017