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"Japanese Literary Studies in an Age of Rising Seas" with Christine Marran, University of Minnesota
"Japanese Literary Studies in an Age of Rising Seas" with Christine Marran, University of Minnesota
WhenMonday, Feb. 4, 2019, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Campus locationThomson Hall (THO)
Campus room317
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsUW Japan Studies Program
Description

In this talk, Christine Marran will discuss how environmental phenomena associated with climate change inherently test the capacities of particular modes of literary analysis. In a discussion of select Japanese authors, Marran will introduce her concept of the biotrope in discussing forms of literary theory that most insistently address culture and climate.

Christine Marran is Professor of Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Minnesota and Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures. Her current research lies within the disciplinary frame of eco-criticism. Her most recent book, Ecology Without Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) argues that environmental thinking requires a critique of culture. Introducing her concepts of the “biotrope,” "ethnic environmentalism," and “obligatory storytelling,” Marran shows how cultural ideas, which work at a humanistic scale usually toward human interest, can impede our ability to speak about the more-than-human world.

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