Public Seminar: WORLD LITERATURE, Japanese perspectives

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In recent years, there has been a growing trend to read literary texts as “world literature.” Some Japanese writers and critics welcome this trend as an opportunity to gain a larger readership beyond national and linguistic borders, yet others are wary of it. In this public seminar, Dr Shion Kono (Sophia University) will situate these debates in the global circulation and reception of Japanese literature over the past century, while also discussing the prospects of Japanese literature as world literature. Joining Dr Kono to explore these issues further will be Dr Irena Hayter from the University of Leeds.

Date: 9 October 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue: The Japan Foundation, London

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