Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Letter from Reader, re: Akutagawa and Fragmentary Writing

This just in from Marie-Noëlle Beauvieux:
Hi Beholdmyswarthyface & co.,

I am currently an exchange grad student in Tokyo and I am pursuing a thesis in comparative literature (Akutagawa Ryunosuke and fragmentary writing). As I saw last week with regret, I missed your courses at Sophia University this semester… and that made me wonder if you know of any courses/seminars/symposiums in Tokyo on Taisho literature that are being taught this year, or even of some references books on fragmentary writing and the Japanese language (I am working on a french translation of Shuju no kotoba) . . . or if you know of anything you think might be of interest. 

I hope your Aozora Bunko Translation Project is going well, and thank you for all the interesting things you share.

Marie-Noëlle Beauvieux
Marie-Noëlle Beauvieux,

Thanks for the mail. If I'm not mistaken, Professor Ando plans to focus on Taisho literature in the next semester of his kokubungaku graduate seminar at Todai, so you might want to check that out. As for books/essays on fragmentary writings of the Taisho period, the first thing that comes to mind is Seiji Lippit's chapter on the dismantling of literary form/genre in Akutagawa's late (fragmentary) works. If anything else comes to mind, I'll be sure to let you know.

Good luck with your translation.


1 comment:

Marie-Noelle said...

Thank you very much for your answer, I'll check the course (I have already read several times Seiji Lippit's work which is endlessly helpful!)