Convenor(s): Dr Jennifer L. Guest, Dr Linda Flores, and Professor Bjarke Frellesvig
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Bourdaghs, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
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A Dislike for Translation: How Natsume Sōseki Disowns World Literature
In this talk, Michael Bourdaghs will expand on ideas from his recent book, A Fictional Commons: Natsume Sōseki and the Properties of Modern Literature (2020), exploring the implicit theory of World Literature in Natsume Sōseki's theories of literature in relation to the novelist's aversion toward having his own works of fiction translated. Reading the 1906 sketch "The Carlyle Museum" together with more recent theorists of World Literature, the talk will sketch in the temporally open-ended model Sōseki devised for understanding literature as one of the fundamental modes of human cognitive experience.
Michael Bourdaghs is the Robert S. Ingersoll Professor of East Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of Chicago and the author, most recently, of A Fictional Commons: Natsume Sōseki and the Properties of Modern Literature (2020).