Tokyo College Event “Japanese Literature in the World” by Prof. David DAMROSCH

2020.03.10 16:30 – 19:00
Tokyo College Event “Japanese Literature in the World” by Prof. David DAMROSCH
Date(s) Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 4:30-7:00 pm

Sanjo Conference Hall, The University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus)

Registration Pre-registration required (120 seats - First come, first served)
Language English (English-Japanese simultaneous translation available)

With the rise of interest in world literature during the past two decades, scholars in many parts of the world have begun to situate national traditions within broader networks of production, exchange, and reception. This talk will discuss Japanese literature in relation to the wider world, taking as examples the work of Higuchi Ichiyo and Akutagawa Ryunosuke in the late Meiji and Taisho eras, the foreign reception of Basho in midcentury, and Yoko Tawada’s global writing today.


Session 1: Lecture by Prof. David DAMROSCH
Session 2: Symposium “Opening Japanese Literature to the World” with David DAMROSCH and Prof. TAKEDA Masaaki (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), Prof. TAKAGI Kazuko (Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology), Prof. Viktoria ESCHBACH-SZABO (Tokyo College, Tübingen University), Prof. NAKAJIMA Takahiro (Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia)
Moderator: Prof. NUMANO Mitsuyoshi (Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology)

Speaker Profile

David Damrosch is the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is a past president of the American Comparative Literature Association, and is the founder of the Institute for World Literature. He received his doctorate degree from Yale and then taught at Columbia University from 1980 to 2009. His works include the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature (2004), of which he served as the founding general editor.

Organized by Tokyo College, The University of Tokyo

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