The Place that Wasn't There: Towards a Poetics of Space in the Fiction of Nakagami Kenji

Mon January 12th 2009, 12:00pm
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Center for East Asian Studies
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor
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Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.
Speaker: Eve Zimmerman, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Wellesley College This talk focuses on Nakagami Kenji's ambiguous relationship to the place in which he set much of his fiction in the 1970s: the buraku of Shingu, Wakayama. To what degree did Nakagami create the buraku or "alleyways" of Shingu and to what degree did the buraku create him? As readers, we are haunted by the phantom of a space apart, a place that is no longer there. Or, as the director Aoyama Shinji once suggested, in Nakagami's work we make a "real" journey to a non-existent place. Through a reading of Karekinada, we will assess Nakagami's legacy to modern Japanese literature. CEAS Japan Luncheon Series Winter 2008-09 Culture and Society in Contemporary Japan sponsored by the Stanford Society of Fellows in Japanese Studies and the Center for East Asian Studies
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