Peter Tillack, Associate Professor of Japan Studies
Chair of Asian Studies Program, Japanese Section Coordinator,
Advisor of Japan Studies & Asian Studies
Office: Gaines 118D
Fall 2017 Classes:
JPNS 150D Japanese Culture & Civilization, MWF 11:00-11:50 a.m.
JPNS 361IH Japanese Text & Cinema, MWF 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Spring 2018 Classes:
JPNS 321 Modern Japanese Literature, MWF 12:00-12:50 p.m.
JPNS 325IH Others in Japanese Literature & Culture, MWF 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Modern & contemporary Japanese literature; literary/filmic representations of social space during Japan's "economic miracle."
B.A. in English, University of Arizona-Tucson, 1987
M.A. in Asian Studies, University of Oregon-Eugene, 1997
Ph.D. in East Asian Languages & Literatures, University of Oregon-Eugene, 2006
Engaging Banality: Stories of the Salaried Life by Kuroi Senji features three of the best-known works of Kuroi Senji's early career. "Hole and Sky"
(1968), Time (1969) and Running Family (1970) received widespread critical attention in Japan and have been reprinted many
times, yet none has been translated until now. In its own way each story reveals the
profound ambivalence increasing numbers of Japanese began to feel toward their lives
as their desires were channelled into the nation's single-minded goal of achieving
high-speed economic growth. The stories are preceded by a critical introduction that
situates Kuroi's development and ethos as a writer within the context of profound
socio-cultural change spanning the end of World War II through the early 1970s.