War and Psychology in Yumeno Kyuusaku's Works

Miri Nakamura, Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures,Wesleyan University

Open to Stanford faculty and students only.

RSVP required to Adrian Thieret <> by Monday, April 11. Dinner will be provided.

Yumeno Kyûsaku’s (1889-1936), newspaper journalist and writer of detective fiction, published numerous stories that deal with the theme of war and its psychological effect. Many of these tales describe what may be called PTSD today. This talk's main goal is to explore how war-related trauma was expressed before the concepts "trauma" or PTSD existed, what terminologies were used by psychologists and writers to capture the horrors of war. Through nuanced readings of psychological essays and Yumeno's magnum opus Dogura magura (Dogra Magra, 1936), which surrounds a Japanese protagonist, haunted by a Chinese double, the talk discusses how the figure of the doppelganger can be read as an allegory of the Japan's relationship with its colonies.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Building 250 - Room 101, EALC Library

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures