Rajyashree Pandey – Gender, Power and the Erotic Body in the Tale of Genji

Date: Monday 19 March at 6.45 pm
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, London WC1 1ES
Fee: Free – booking recommended (events@japansociety.org.uk)

A pay bar is available before the lecture

(Please note: Oriental Club rules require gentlemen to wear jacket and tie)

This lecture argues that that the erotic body in the Tale of Genji does not belong to the realm of a pure aesthetics, divorced from relations of power and free of political consequences. Through close textual readings, Rajyashree Pandey explores the politics of bodily performance by focusing on the centrality of gender and status to the ways in which the erotic body, desire and affect come to be constituted in the text.

Dr Rajyashree Pandey is Reader in Asian Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work focuses on issues surrounding gender, body and sexuality in medieval and modern Japan. Additional research interests include examining contemporary popular culture, particularly manga and anime, looking at the intersection between pre-modern Buddhist forms of understanding the world and Japan’s ‘post-modern’ condition. She has published numerous articles including ‘Reconfiguring sex, body and desire in Japanese Modernity’ which was published in the journal Postcolonial Studies. Her book entitled Writing and Renunciation in Medieval Japan: The Works of the Poet-Priest Kamo no Chōmei was published as part of the University of Michigan Japanese Monograph Series.

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