"Brazil and 'Modern Japanese Literature'"

Fri, January 26, 2018 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Edward Mack

Associate Professor, Asian Languages and Literature

University of Washington

It is not well known that Brazil is home to the largest number of persons of Japanese descent outside of Japan itself, with a population that likely exceeds that of the United States.  Still less known is the fact that this population possesses a century-long history of not only consuming Japanese-language literature, but also producing it.  This talk will present a brief overview of this history, with a focus on its early decades (1908-1941), and then consider ways that this history prompts us to reconsider many of the tacit and explicit presumptions that underlie the field of modern Japanese literature.

Sponsored by: Endowment for Chinese Studies and Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift American Inc. Endowment

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