Organized Panel Session
East Asian modernity has been defined by its encounter with the Western geopolitical and institutional praxis since the mid-nineteenth century. This panel examines how these cultural transactions shaped the concept of modern literary identity and how these new cultural inputs meshed or conflicted with local cultural spheres.
Kleeman explores the experience of studying abroad affected Natsume Sōseki and Lu Xun and argues that “modern literature” in East Asia did not come out of nowhere but rather arose through a self-reflective process of “transformative mimicry” in both global and regional settings.
Namigata follows the trajectory of the journalist Shimei Nishiguchi from colonial Taiwan to the metropole, crisscrossing between localities such as Yamaguchi and Tokyo while constructing the image of the South. The paper examines how Nishiguchi’s “Imperial Eyes” impacted the transmission and dissemination of exoticism in modern East Asia.
Wu examines the effect Ireland’s breaking away from the British Empire in 1922 had on East Asian colonies such as Taiwan and Korea. Specifically, it focuses on the journal Formosa and how its writers absorbed the concept of an independent “Irish literature” to help formulate their own ideal of “Formosa literature,” and a unique sense of Taiwanese cultural identity.
Chang investigates the “Zenkyoto” writer Kiriyama Kasane. Kiriyama’s writings on the student movement in 1968. Employing Bakhtin’s concept of “chronotope,” the paper assesses how Kiriyama extends his historical horizon to the Meiji Restoration, Okinawa and South Korea to formulate an East Asian historical horizon that could be effective in breaking through established literary boundaries.