The 24th GJS LectureSmall Voices, Screaming Bodies: Poetic Witnesses of the Showa Period

Date and time: December 7, 2017 (Thur.), 4:00-6:00PM
Venue: 1st Meeting Room (3rd Floor), The Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo
Speaker: Toshiko Ellis (Professor of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
Language: English

Abstract: Poetic voices are often left unrecorded in literary history. We will be looking at some poetic works of the Showa period, focusing on the endeavours of the less known poets who devoted their lives to inscribing words that resisted being mingled with the dominant discourse of Showa Japan. The fragmentary texts woven by these poets inform us of the plurality of voices being created during this turbulent period in Japanese history, though much of them were quickly suppressed, neglected or buried in oblivion.

Organizer: The Global Japan Studies Network (GJS)
Co-organizer: Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo
Contact: gjs[at]