Book Discussion: Michael Emmerich's The Tale of Genji: Translation, Canonization, and World Literature

Michael Emmerich, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at University of California, Los Angeles

We would like to invite you to join us for the thirty-seventh meeting of the East Asian Studies Workshop, sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

 This workshop will focus on a new book by Professor Michael Emmerich of UCLA entitled The Tale of Genji: Translation, Canonization, and World Literature (Columbia University Press, 2013).

Professor Emmerich will first give an introduction to his book. Professor Steven Carter (Japanese Literature, EALC) and Brian Kim (Ph.D. student, DLCL) will offer brief commentaries. The floor will then open for questions from the audience.

We request that you please RSVP to by Friday, January 24th if you are interested in attending this workshop.  Please indicate whether you would like us to purchase a copy of Professor Emmerich's hardcover book on your behalf at the subsidized cost of $10.

From the Publisher: Michael Emmerich thoroughly revises the conventional narrative of the early modern and modern history of The Tale of Genji. Exploring iterations of the work from the 1830s to the 1950s, he demonstrates how translations and the global circulation of discourse they inspired turned The Tale of Genji into a widely read classic, reframing our understanding of its significance and influence and of the processes that have canonized the text.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 4:30 pm — 6:30 pm
Old Knight Building, Room 201, 521 Memorial Way

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures