Reading Beyond Murakami Lifetime Membership

Master the works of Haruki Murakami in this transformative course series.

Become a Lifetime Member

"In this world, there are things you can do alone, and things you can do with somebody else. It's important you combine the two in just the right amount."

Haruki Murakami wrote these words in After Dark, and they stand true when it comes to reading and studying Murakami. You can read him "alone," but he ought to be studied with "somebody else."

Without a learning community, I fear the significance of Murakami's work is lost on many readers.

Each course in this course series is designed for fans and students who consider themselves Murakami enthusiasts and want to dig deeper into the theories and philosophies influencing his mind-bending stories.

As a result of taking these courses, you will begin to recognize the many theoretical interpretations his novels lend themselves to. You will become better readers with each new chapter, adding to your already vast array of knowledge and expertise. You will connect and grow with curious, engaged, and enthusiastic minds.

It is ideal for the life-long learner wanting to continue to challenge oneself beyond the classroom or the college or graduate student looking to specialize in Haruki Murakami and literary theory.

There are three kinds of Murakami courses included in the Reading Beyond Murakami course series that will be offered over the next five years.


The first kind of course is the in-depth, theory-heavy approach. It's a systematic exploration of the theories and philosophies that emerge and influence each novel.
The following courses will be offered in this format:
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World ($297 value)
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle ($297 value)
  • Kafka on the Shore ($297 value)
  • 1Q84 ($297 value)
  • After Dark ($297 value)
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage ($297 value)

Each course includes:

  • Unit Workbooks
  • Video Lectures
  • Discussion Boards
  • Supplemental Reading
  • Email Support
  • Live Q&A Sessions


The second kind of course is a close-reading of certain novels or short stories. Whereas the theory-heavy courses are more philosophical, these close-reading courses will concentrate purely on the story and examine the literary elements.
  • Murakami & Magical Realism ($297 value) Fall 2017
    • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
    • The Wind Up Bird Chronicle
    • Kafka on the Shore
  • Murakami & Time ($297 value) Fall 2018
    • 1Q84
    • After Dark
  • Murakami & (Real)ism ($297 value) Fall 2019
    • Norwegian Wood
    • South of the Border, West of the Sun
    • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Each course includes:

  • Video Lectures
  • Discussion Threads
  • Email Support
  • Live Chats


These three courses focus on the evolution of three different concepts, memory, metaphor, and the unconscious, across Murakami's entire body of work. Because they draw on lessons from earlier courses, and will pull from various novels and stories, they will only be open to Reading Beyond Murakami Lifetime Members and not for sale to the public.

  • Murakami & Memory ($497 value)
  • Murakami & Metaphor ($497 value)
  • Murakami & the Unconscious ($497 value)

Each course includes:

  • Unit Workbooks
  • Video Lectures
  • Discussion Boards
  • Supplemental Reading
  • Email Support
  • Live Q&A Sessions

**These courses are only available to RBM Lifetime Members.


Lifetime Membership includes lifetime access and priority registration for every Murakami course. Students can study the material at their own pace or follow the curriculum with each section of students.

When students purchase the Lifetime Membership, they will immediately access all current and past courses available. This means students do not need to wait for each course to open for enrollment. As soon as the course is published, Lifetime Members will be automatically enrolled.

Courses will be reoffered on an occasional rotation, so Lifetime Members can take each course as it fits their schedule or work at their own pace.

  • Lifetime Access to Each Course
  • Priority Registration in Each Live Course
  • Self-Paced Option
  • Private Facebook Group Access
  • Exclusive Monthly Newsletter
  • *Exclusive Bonus Course Access - These courses will not open for enrollment to the public and will only be available to RBM Lifetime Members.

Your Instructor

Jessica S. Manuel
Jessica S. Manuel

Jessica S. Manuel earned her B.A. in English with an emphasis in Critical Theory and a minor in Theological Studies from The Master's University. She went on to earn her M.A. in English (Literature) from San Francisco State University where she studied 19th-20th Century Literature with a special studies emphasis in Critical Theory. After examining the intersections of psychoanalysis and contemporary literature, she wrote her thesis on Haruki Murakami's use of the unconscious in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. After finishing her degree, she continued her education at University of California, San Diego where she studied Teaching Adult Learners and literature.

She continues to teach various courses in the areas of writing, rhetoric, literature, and reading at the college level. Two years ago, she began building a reading community at Book Oblivion that now offers a dynamic blog, engaging book club, and specialty courses that you cannot find anywhere else on the web.

When she is not teaching or reading, she enjoys the outdoors, running or playing softball, and spending time with her husband and two sons.


"I've recently joined and love the RBM course; Jessica S. Manuel is a fine instructor and the course materials are sophisticated and insightful. Highly recommended."

- Jeffrey Rogg, Prosecuting Attorney, Michigan, United States

"I'm so excited to be doing this course. I feel like I've found my tribe and I'm so glad I opted for the 'lifer' membership. Writing that brings a smile to my face as it has a fatalistic 'end of the world' Murakami-esk ring to it - lifer. Isn't that great? Murakami's novels are strangely like that. Once you've read one or two you are kind of hooked - F O R L I F E."

- Andrea Day, Artist, Perth, Australia

"I am really enjoying reading Hard-Boiled Wonderland and am enjoying being part of an interactive community that will help deepen my understanding of the novel and its influences and references."

- Karen Rodrigue, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Texas, United States

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course series?
How does lifetime access sound? Once you purchase the Lifetime Membership, you will be automatically enrolled and have unlimited access to each course as soon as they are published for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course series?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Do I need to wait for the next session to take an in-progress course?
Nope! Lifetime Members can start their journey toward Murakami mastery right away. Members will get access to all currently available courses and lessons and will be automatically enrolled in all future Murakami courses.

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