Mark Williams: Life after Death? Writing the Alienated Self in Post-war Japan

Posted: July 31, 2013
Category: Keynotes, Research

“Life after Death? Writing the Alienated Self in Post-war Japan”
Professor Mark Williams
The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 2013 – Keynote Address


ACAH 2013 – Keynote Address


Professor Mark Williams
Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Leeds, UK
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Akita International University, Japan

Extract:  “I would like to begin by offering an alternative title for this presentation – which would be along the lines of: ‘Don’t mention the War: The Japanese literary response to the trauma of the Asia Pacific War’. With due acknowledgement to those aficionados of the BBC sit-com, ‘Fawlty Towers’, this variant seems appropriate inasmuch as, in this presentation, I shall be focusing on two Japanese authors who, for all their own traumatic, and inevitably intensely personal, experience of the Asia-Pacific War, have left us with a corpus of literary texts in which direct allusion to this experience is often marked off, as much by its absence as by any intense focus on the traumatic past.”

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