This course focuses on underlying religious and philosophical assumptions in the most recent works of Haruki Murakami (1949-), 1Q84 in three volumes and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Murakami is the most popular and widely read novelist in Japan today and a major literary figure worldwide. He cites as his two sources for inspiration in writing 1Q84 George Orwell and the AUM religious cult, responsible for bombing Tokyo subways with sarin gas in the 1990s.
Green, Ronald S., "Haruki Murakami and Religion: The nature of religion in 1Q84 and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" (2015). Philosophy and Religious Studies. 45.