An afternoon of modern Japanese literature

April 10, 2018
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Sedgewick C168

Brazil and Modern ‘Japanese’ Literature

About the talk
Brazil is home to the largest number of persons of Japanese descent outside of Japan. This population possesses a century-long history of not only consuming Japanese-language literature, but also producing it. Professor Mack’s talk will present a brief overview of this history, considering the ways that this history prompts us to reconsider many of the presumptions that underlie our conception of modern Japanese literature. 

About the speaker
Edward Mack teaches modern Japanese literature and film at the University of Washington. His book, Manufacturing Modern Japanese Literature, examines the relationship between the concept of a national literature and the publishing industry. His current project is on the reading and writing of literature in the Japanese immigrant community in Brazil prior to the Second World War.

1989, Okinawa, and Daily Life under the Japanese Flag: The Death of the Emperor and the Murakami Haruki Phenomenon

About the talk
In 1988, as Emperor Hirohito lay dying, the media was fixated on the “Murakami Haruki phenomenon” following the success of Norwegian Wood, suggesting that a new era was opening for “pure/mass literature.” Professor Kō’s presentation will focus on the politics of life and death through an examination of this coincidence. 

About the speaker
KŌ Young-ran completed her Ph.D. at Nihon University, Tokyo, in 2003, and is currently a Professor there. A specialist in modern Japanese literature, her research focuses on imperialism and print capitalism in East Asia. Among her many publications is her 2010 monograph 'Sengo' to iu ideorogii: rekishi, kioku, bunka (The Ideology of the Postwar: History, Memory, Culture) from Fujiwara Shoten. 

Cody Poulton