Events in Modern Languages & Cultures
Dr Fusako Innami – Re-sensing Kawabata in the 21st century - with a focus on House of the Sleeping Beauties and One Arm [SOAS London]
Chaired by Dr Griseldis Kirsch (SOAS, University of London)
This paper examines how Kawabata Yasunari’s literary works problematise the body, perception and the senses in interpersonal (or inter-object), inter-periodic and cross-cultural contexts mainly through some of the recent re-workings of House of the Sleeping Beauties and One Arm in film and performing arts. One Arm also appeared in the Japanese literary journal Gunzō (2014) as a case of hen’ai shōsetsu (weird/love novel). Bearing in mind that Shinkankakuha (New Sensationists/New Sensationalist school) occurred in the 1920s in relation to the avant-garde movement and that Kawabata pursued immediacy with sense perceptions in reference to ‘Dadaistic idea generation’, thinking about the senses is already a cross-boundary experience that makes the sensing subject go beyond the border. This paper ponders how sense experiences can be read in relation to literary and cultural representations, how psycho-physical representations can be transferred or re-read in cross-cultural/cross-periodic contexts and how, in a larger scope, rethinking the body and the senses in such contexts matters to us in the contemporary age.
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