Fetishism, Temporality, and Reading: Tanizaki Jun'ichiro's Historical Novella 'The Secret History of Lord Mushashi Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 5:10 – 6:30pm
Fetishism, Temporality, and Reading: Tanizaki Jun'ichiro's Historical Novella 'The Secret History of Lord Mushashi
Campus Location:Sproul Hall
Room:912
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Contact Email:sardavis@ucdavis.edu
Contact Phone #:530-752-2034
Event Type:Lectures and Seminars
Presented by:Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Sponsored by:Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, East Asian Studies Program, Department of Comparative Literature

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.

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