Lineage of Japanese Prose Fiction

Panel Discussion: Center for Japanese Studies | November 17 | 4 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Dennis Washburn, Dartmouth College; Reiko Abe Auestad, University of Oslo; Keith Vincent, Boston University; Alan Tansman, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

A roundtable discussion of the lineage of Japanese prose fiction. Many critics and readers have long agreed that the peaks in this tradition are the writings of Murasaki Shikibu in the early eleventh century and of Natsume Sôseki in the early twentieth century. But these are writings rarely thought of together. Do they allow us to think of a long tradition of Japanese prose fiction? Is the modern writer writing in the lineage of his predecessor?

Please join four scholars who have written and thought about these two authors: Dennis Washburn, translator of The Tale of Genji, Reiko Abe Auestad, author of Rereading Sôseki: Three Early Twentieth-Century Japanese Novels, Keith Vincent, author of Two-Timing Modernity: Homosocial Narrative in Modern Japanese Fiction, and Alan Tansman, author of The Rise and fall and Rise of Japanese narrative: Murasaki, Sôseki, Nakagami.

Each participant will speak briefly and then open the conversation to the audience., 510-642-3415