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Chushingura & the Edo Literary Imagination

Chushingura & the Edo Literary Imagination
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 108N
Time: Feb 23rd, 6:30 pm End: Feb 23rd, 8:00 pm
Interest Categories: East Asian Studies (FAS), 1800-1900
Talk by William Fleming, Yale University

The Asian Institute presents:

Chushingura & the Edo Literary Imagination

In the spring of 1701, a daimy? from western Japan drew his sword against a senior shogunal official within the hallowed halls of Edo Castle. This rash, split-second decision set in motion a dramatic chain of events that is retold in a theatrical masterpiece that remains one of Japan's most captivating and enduring cultural markers: Ch?shingura, the story of the forty-seven r?nin.

Ch?shingura enjoyed immediate success on stage and quickly captured the Japanese popular imagination, inspiring all manner of imitators, adaptations, and parodies. This talk introduces several works of comic pictorial fiction based on the Ch?shingura story and considers their significance as products of the flourishing literary culture of early modern Japan.

William Fleming is an Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures & Theater Studies at Yale University. His research focuses on 18th- and 19th-century Japanese fiction and the popular stage. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Harvard University, and was a visiting researcher at Kyoto University and Tokyo's National Institute of Japanese Literature.

Website: http://jftor.org/event/chushingura/

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required: http://jftor.org/event/chushingura/#registration

For further information, please contact Rachel Ostep at 416-946-8996


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