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Delve Seminar on Japanese Modern Masters

Posted by Sarah Mitchell | 15 February 2013

Below is an opportunity from our friends over at Literary Arts!  Delve Seminars are discussion-based seminars led by professional writers and scholars.

Japanese Modern Masters: Mishima Yukio & Oe Kenzaburo


Wednesdays, April 3 – May 8, 2013


from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


at Literary Arts, located at 925 SW Washington St.


Tuition: $185



Mishima Yukio and Oe Kenzaburo are two of the giants of 20th century Japanese literature, creators of vast, complex, challenging fictional worlds.  At times, their lives have threatened to overshadow their works – Oe for his 1994 Nobel Prize and for his activist, progressive politics; and Mishima for his right-wing causes (he started his own army!) and his shocking, public ritual suicide in 1970.  But it is their works that continue to draw extravagant praise from critics and readers, works regarded as among the most imaginative, linguistically innovative, and intellectually rich products of the postwar period.  This seminar explores several of their novels, both as novels of ideas (which they insistently are) and as works deeply immersed in the social and political complexities of the postwar world.

GUIDE: Bruce Suttmeier is Associate Professor of Japanese and Chair of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department at Lewis & Clark College.  He researches and writes on Japan in the 1960s, and his current project/obsession involves the changes in public space in Olympic-era Tokyo. He has written on both Mishima and Oe, and recently helped edit the Oe Kenzaburo entry for a reference volume on short story criticism.
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