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CJS Thursday Lecture Series | Border Crossings: Transnational and Exophonic Voices in Contemporary Japanese Literature

Gregory Khezrnejat, Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature, Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies, Hosei University
Thursday, February 23, 2023
12:00-1:30 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
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Since the late 1980s, transnational and exophonic authors have become an increasingly prominent feature of contemporary Japanese literature. These works, often referred to in both commercial publishing and research as “border-crossing literature,” are varied in subject and style, but are loosely connected through a shared concern with the relationship between language and the self. This lecture will consider the framework that has been used to discuss border-crossing works in the broader context of Japanese literature, as well as how that framework is changing as the field continues to grow and diversify.

Gregory Khezrnejat is an Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature at the Hosei University Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies. His research is focused on transnational elements of modern and contemporary Japanese literature as well as second-language authorship. In 2021, his debut novel Kamogawa Runner was awarded the Kyoto Literature Award. His most recent work, Kaikonchi, was published in the November 2022 issue of the literary journal Gunzō.

This lecture is made possible with the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Japanese Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures