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Images of a Nation: Approaches to the Aesthetics of Japan

13th Annual UCLA Graduate Student Symposium on Japanese Studies

Saturday, May 05, 2007
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Covel Commons
West Coast Room
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Aesthetics as an academic discipline is a comparatively recent phenomenon in Japan, dating back only to the Meiji. Yet the ideals that form the core of many Japanese aesthetic theories have their roots in Japan's ancient history. What images of Japan are evoked by its visual arts, literature, music, and film? How have thinkers -- Japanese and foreign alike -- applied their aesthetic theories to these images? Finally, what are the ramifications of aesthetics on politics, society and culture? The thirteenth annual UCLA Graduate Student Symposium on Japanese Studies will consider these issues. Below is a tentative schedule.

Panel 1:

Kristina Buhrman, USC. "Politics, Precedent and Pleasure: Modes for Evaluating Ceremonial Performance in Japanese Courtly Texts."

Zhuo (Agnes) Liu, NYU. "What is National Literature? -- Re-examining Takeuchi Yoshimi's Thought on Literature."

Panel 2:

Gabrielle Chang, UCSB. "Rinpa Art in Context: Annotated and Transformed."

Younjung Oh, USC. "From Decorative Arts to Fine Arts: Japanese Exhibits at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893."

Yuka Kanno, UCI. "Queering the National Body of Hara Setsuko."

Panel 3:

Lindsay Nelson, USC. "A Question of Eating: Cannibalism in Fires on the Plain and The Stones Cry Out."

George S. Solt, UCSD. "Everybody Loves Ramen: Changing Dietary Habits and the Popularization of Chinese Noodle-Soup in Modern Japan."

The event is free and open to the public.

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Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

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