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On Degrees of Ignorance in East-West Aesthetics

Ezra Pound, Sinéad Morrissey, Kōbō Abe, Yukio Mishima, Kenji Nakagami, and Kenzaburō Ōe

A One-Day Symposium

Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, Room 24201, Monday 17 September 2018, 1 – 6:30pm



Literary and aesthetic interactions between ‘East’ and ‘West’ have often depended upon various kinds of partial understanding, error, and even misunderstanding. This symposium aims to highlight and open up for discussion the ways in which such kinds of practises have been deployed, across a variety of media, and whether they can be viewed positively as forms of ‘creative misunderstanding’.

It will feature as speakers or panellists Mark Byron (University of Sydney), Penny Barraclough (University of Sydney), Ryoichi Imai (University of Tokyo), Liz Shek-Noble (NYU School of Professional Studies Tokyo), Andrew Houwen (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University), Ryan Johnson (University of Sydney), Mark Azzopardi (Temple University, Japan Campus), and David Ewick (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University).