15th GJS Seminar Series (132th Tobunken/ASNET Seminar) "Genealogy of Kyo-Jitsu: Bungaku under Construction in Meiji Japan"

Speaker:Miyabi Goto (Ph.D. candidate, the East Asian Studies Department of Princeton University)

Date and time:December 10, 2015 (Thur.), 5:00-6:00PM

Venue:Lobby(1F), Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo


Bungaku, now translated as "literature," came to be defined as a type of fine arts in Japan\'s Meiji period (1868-1912). Despite how self-evident the idea of literature seems in retrospect, in the early Meiji period bungaku could range in meaning from historiography, to belles-lettres, to Chinese classics, and others. The emergence of bungaku as a fine art as well as the exclusion of other possibilities took place against a larger backdrop of nation building, modernization, and technologization. This presentation focuses on a dualistic rhetoric of kyo-jitsu and examines how that rhetoric functioned to bridge bungaku and fine arts.

Organizer: The Global Japan Studies Network (GJS)

Co-organizer: Network for Education and Research on Asia (ASNET)

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