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Ch 2: Asian Literature & Authors

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This literature help and review chapter covers Asian literature and authors. Available whenever you need them, these engaging lessons and quizzes can help you catch up in class, prepare for an exam and get extra homework help.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Asian literature material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about Asian literature and authors. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding Asian literature and authors
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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an Asian literature and authors unit of a standard world literature course. Topics covered include:

  • The life and work of author Haruki Murakami
  • 1Q84
  • After Dark
  • Norwegian Wood
  • Dance Dance Dance
  • Kafka on the Shore
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
  • Underground
  • Sputnik Sweetheart
  • South of the Border, West of the Sun
  • Birthday Girl
  • The Elephant Vanishes
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
  • After the Quake
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

23 Lessons in Chapter 2: Asian Literature & Authors
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Haruki Murakami: Biography & Quotes

1. Haruki Murakami: Biography & Quotes

From baseball games to music, many of Haruki Murakami's writings have been influenced by aspects of his own life. Learn more about this author's biography and read some of his quotes in this lesson.

Haruki Murakami: Books & Short Stories

2. Haruki Murakami: Books & Short Stories

First inspired at a baseball game, Haruki Murakami's writing career has spanned nearly 40 years: so far! In this lesson, we'll take a look at this author's books and short stories, with a novella thrown in for good measure.

1Q84: Summary & Analysis

3. 1Q84: Summary & Analysis

We all have days where we'd rather live in a different reality. For the characters in Murakami's longest novel, 1Q84, a parallel universe does exist. It offers odd new dangers, a second moon, and a chance at reconnecting with your one true love. In this lesson, we'll explore the alternate world of 1Q84, and we'll examine what it all means to the characters and us.

1Q84: Characters & Quotes

4. 1Q84: Characters & Quotes

One of the most popular novels in Japan, ''1Q84'' by Haruki Murakami is a dystopian story that follows Aomame as she mistakenly enters an alternate reality after exiting a cab in the middle of a traffic jam. In this lesson, we will learn about the main characters of the story and look at several quotes.

After Dark by Haruki Murakami: Summary & Analysis

5. After Dark by Haruki Murakami: Summary & Analysis

Haruki Murakami loves to write stories that probe the way ordinary people think. He propels his characters, who are seemingly lost, into a world of fantasy in an effort to explore individuality. ''After Dark'' is a tale that any reader will appreciate for its telling observations of the intersections between its characters.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami: Summary & Analysis

6. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami: Summary & Analysis

Norwegian Wood is a coming of age novel by Haruki Murakami that explores the concept of loss and the need to overcome one's struggles with grief. Learn what makes this literary masterpiece so intriguing for readers around the world.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami: Characters & Quotes

7. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami: Characters & Quotes

Haruki Murakami doesn't shy away from examining deep and sometimes difficult topics like depression and sex in his novel 'Norwegian Wood'. In this lesson, we'll explore characters and quotes from the story.

Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami: Summary & Analysis

8. Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami: Summary & Analysis

Haruki Murakami's novel, ''Dance Dance Dance'' explores the connectedness of life. Read on to unfold the meanings of the narrator's experiences and interactions.

Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami: Characters & Quotes

9. Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami: Characters & Quotes

Haruki Murakami's ''Dance Dance Dance'' reveals concepts of life, death, and dimensions as seen through the narrator's experiences. Read about the narrator's interactions with the various characters he meets.

Kafka on the Shore: Summary & Analysis

10. Kafka on the Shore: Summary & Analysis

Haruki Murakami's novel 'Kafka on the Shore' details a coming of age story featuring a 15-year-old runaway named Kafka and an old man named Nakata who can talk to cats. Learn what makes this novel so intriguing for readers of all ages.

Kafka on the Shore: Characters & Quotes

11. Kafka on the Shore: Characters & Quotes

Murakami's novel, ''Kafka on the Shore'' is filled with vibrantly created characters that are singularly important factors in the story's plots. Learn what makes each one so important through descriptive details and quotes directly from the characters.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Analysis

12. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Analysis

The friendships we form in high school have a lasting impact on us. For Tsukuru, his rejection by his four best friends while he is away at college shapes the man he becomes. Read on to find out more about this novel by Haruki Murakami, and learn about what makes Tsukuru's story so memorable.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: Summary & Analysis

13. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: Summary & Analysis

In ''The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle'', by Haruki Murakami, Toru Okada's suburban search for a missing cat leads to a pursuance of his wife as well. During his investigation, he encounters both friends and foes, along with hidden recollections of World War II. This lesson provides a summary of the novel along with an analysis.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: Characters & Quotes

14. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: Characters & Quotes

'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle' by Haruki Murakami takes Toru Okada on a journey of self-discovery as he searches first for his missing cat and then for his absentee wife. This lesson will cover the characters from the story and some of their important quotes.

Underground by Haruki Murakami Summary

15. Underground by Haruki Murakami Summary

Haruki Murakami's novel ''Underground: The Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche'' is a heavy testament to the attacks that changed the way a nation dealt with grief. Learn how this critically acclaimed novel teaches about perspectives amidst a haunting background of terrorist warfare.

Sputnik Sweetheart: Summary, Analysis & Themes

16. Sputnik Sweetheart: Summary, Analysis & Themes

Love is a powerful and dangerous emotion. It can sweep you away and make you forget yourself, and for Sumire in the novel Sputnick Sweetheart, there is no return. Read on to learn more about love, loss, and loneliness in this unforgettable novel by Haruki Murakami.

Sputnik Sweetheart: Characters & Quotes

17. Sputnik Sweetheart: Characters & Quotes

In Murakami's Sputnik Sweetheart, love does not offer answers to the hard questions. Instead, the characters find that love only amplifies loneliness. In this lesson you will learn more about the characters in this story and read quotes that shed some light on love, loss, and loneliness.

South of the Border, West of the Sun: Summary, Analysis & Quotes

18. South of the Border, West of the Sun: Summary, Analysis & Quotes

In this lesson, we will summarize and analyze 'South of the Border, West of the Sun' by Murakami Haruki while examining some quotes from the story. This novel is about a man who is reflecting on his past relationships with women.

Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami: Summary & Analysis

19. Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami: Summary & Analysis

If you are reading 'Birthday Girl' by Haruki Murakami, you might be curious what the most important details are from the story. You might also like to see a brief summary. We've got just what you're looking for. Read on to dive in.

The Elephant Vanishes: Summary & Analysis

20. The Elephant Vanishes: Summary & Analysis

Japanese author Haruki Murakami's short story 'The Elephant Vanishes' is a curious look at the significance of a town's animal symbol: an elephant who mysteriously disappears.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: Summary & Analysis

21. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: Summary & Analysis

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is a novel by Haruki Murakami that captures the imagination and causes readers to ask questions that push the impossible. Find out how this wonderful novel continues to delight readers with its quirky dive into ''Wonderland''.

Haruki Murakami's After the Quake: Summary & Analysis

22. Haruki Murakami's After the Quake: Summary & Analysis

Haruki Murakami wrote ''After the Quake'' as a way to deal with the overwhelming emotions that flowed through the consciousness of the Japanese people after the Kobe earthquake.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: Summary & Quotes

23. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: Summary & Quotes

Haruki Murakami's memoir ''What I Talk About When I Talk About Running'' provides insight into the author while he trains for the New York City Marathon. Explore this lesson to learn more about the book.

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