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Events
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 5:10 – 6:30pmSproul Hall
Fetishism, Temporality, and Reading: Tanizaki Jun'ichiro's Historical Novella 'The Secret History of Lord Mushashi

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures presents "Fetishism, Temporality, and Reading: Tanizaki Jun'ichiro's Historical Novella 'The Secret History of Lord Mushashi'" with Dr. James Reichert (Stanford University).

Popular writer Tanizaki Jun’ichirō began serialization of his historical novel, The Secret History of Lord Musashi, in 1931, just as Japan descended into militarism and authoritarianism. This tale recounts a medieval warlord’s sexual fantasies involving the heads of decapitated warriors. Employing the logic of the fetish, Dr. Reichert's talk will explore how this baffling work engages with the rhetoric of Japanese imperialism of the 1930s.

Dr. Reichert’s field of specialization is early modern and modern Japanese literature. He is the author of In the Company of Men: Representations of Male-Male Sexuality in Meiji Literature (Stanford University Press, 2006), and numerous articles on gender and sexuality in literature, cinema and popular textual media.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 1 – 3pmSproul Hall
Film Screening: "Extranjeras" and Q&A with Director Helena Taberna

Meeting the Director: Helena Taberna

Helena Taberna is a Spanish director of a number of noteworthy films such as Yoyes (2000) and La buena nueva (2008) and groundbreaking documentaries like Extranjeras (2003) and more recently, Nagore (2010), which centers on the problem of femicide. Her most recent film, Acantilado (2016), won an award at the Austin Film Festival, and she has received numerous awards for her other films.

This screening of Extranjeras (in Spanish with English subtitles) will be followed by a Q&A discussion.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 12 – 1:30pmSproul Hall
Lecture: "Der blinde Fleck: Christa Wolf's Ocular Theory of Knowledge"

German Studies Colloquium Series
Professor Robert Blankenship, CSU Long Beach

This presentation promises to be a stimulating kickoff to this new colloquium series as Professor Blankenship explores author Christa Wolf's ideas about image and reality -- a complex relationship that has been studied for millenia going all the way back to Plato's Allegory of the Cave.

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