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CJS Lecture Series | Japanese Contemporary Literature: Perspectives and Aporia in the Global 21st Century

Cécile Sakai, Professor, Paris University, France
Thursday, November 11, 2021
12:00-1:30 PM
Off Campus Location
Please note that the start time here is 12:00 pm Ann Arbor time and 6:00 pm, Paris, France.

In this lecture, we examine how Japanese Contemporary Literature faces new challenges of the 21st Century, through time, space and institutional paradigms. At this very moment when the writing/reading frames are competing with the image and digital shifts, Japanese Contemporary Literature needs to reinvent new devices linked on one hand with global reception, and on the other hand with the experience and representation of tragedies, especially and recently The Great East Japan Disaster (2011). We shall question these dynamics at work.

Cécile Sakai, Professor at Paris University, member of the Center for Researches on East Asian Civilizations (CRCAO, UMR 8155), is a specialist of Japanese Modern Literature, working on the Sociology of Literature, Poetics, and Translation Studies. She has published papers and books on Popular Literature and on Kawabata’s Poetics.

She has co-edited (with Corinne Quentin) a collection of Japanese essays and fictions on the Great East Japan Disaster : L’archipel des séismes – Ecrits du Japon après le 11 mars 2011, Editions Philippe Picquier, March 2012. Among other co-editions : Edogawa Ranpo ou les méandres de la littérature policière, Editions Le Lézard Noir, 2018, and Pour une autre littérature mondiale – La traduction franco-japonaise en perspective, Editions Philippe Picquier, Feb. 2021.

She has also published about 20 translations of works by Kawabata Yasunari, Tanizaki Jun.ichirô, Kôno Taeko, Enchi Fumiko, Tsushima Yûko, Abe Kôbô, etc.

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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.

This colloquium series is made possible by the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Asia, Japanese Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures