This course will survey recent scholarship, in both English and Japanese, on literature of the Meiji period (1868-1912). We will read a number of recent studies of the period by both Japanese and Anglophone scholars. We will also read several works of Meiji poetry and fiction in the original Japanese. Among the topics we will focus on are gender and sexuality, imperialism, the rise of modern media, and the invention of new writing styles and national language. Readings will be in English and Japanese.