Fiction or Reality: Thinking Fukushima through Art

Seminar | May 3 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 226 Dwinelle Hall

 Saeko Kimura, Professor, Tsuda University

 Miryam Sas, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

While we share the sense that fiction and plastic arts reflect a different relationship to reality than that of documentary or journalistic writing, writing on Fukushima often encounters a difficulty in distinguishing between the fictional and the real. How have recent Japanese artists and writers after 3-11 broached and responded to this difficulty in dividing the real from the imaginary? Is such a distinction possible? To consider this question, we will read Tawada Yoko’s The Emissary (which received the National Book Award for translation in 2018) in relation to the required removal of Yanobe Kenji’s controversial sculpture “Sun Child”from Fukushima (in September 2018, just a month and a half after its installation).

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