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Fetishism, Temporality, and Reading: The Secret History of Lord Musashi with James Reichert

November 13, 2018 @ 5:10 pm - 6:30 pm

Time: 05:10 pm – 06:30 pm
Location: 912 Sproul

Talk by James Reichert
Associate Professor
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Stanford University

Popular writer, Tanizaki Jun’ichirō, began serialization of his historical novel, The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi, in 1931, right as Japan descended into militarism and authoritarianism. This tale recounts a medieval warlord’s sexual fantasies involving the heads of decapitated warriors. Employing the logic of the fetish, this talk will explore how this baffling work engages with the rhetoric of Japanese imperialism of the 1930s.
James Reichert’s field of specialization is early modern and modern Japanese literature. He is the author of In the Company of Men: Representations of Male-Male Sexuality in Meiji Literature (Stanford University Press, 2006), and numerous articles on gender and sexuality in literature, cinema and popular textual media.

This event is sponsored by East Asian Languages and Culture, East Asian Studies, Comparative Literature

For more information please contact: Michiko Suzuki, micsuzuki@ucdavis.edu


November 13, 2018
5:10 pm - 6:30 pm

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