AAS Toronto, March 15-18, 2012: Call for paper proposals for panel on “Loss and Recovery in Modern Japanese Literature”. Panel description: The tumultuous changes, transformations and displacements accompanying rapid modernization, industrialization and nationalization projects in Japan produced profound and pervasive losses on multiple fronts: cultural, social, personal, spiritual, material etc. Serious Japanese writers sought to document, constitute and recover from such losses in their imaginative works and, in so doing, left invaluable existential, intellectual and affective records regarding the costs, in human and identity-related terms, of modernization, militarization, imperialist expansion, total war and unconditional surrender. This panel analyzes and interprets literary representations of losses both tangible and intangible, as well as ritualistic, symbolic and narrative efforts to cope, come to terms with and recover from the psychological traumas of modernity, war, defeat and occupation. Loss arguably defines modern Japanese experience in general, and Asia Pacific War and endless postwar experience in particular. The fundamental issue still facing both individual and collective is how to move from (self)destructive melancholia through mourning to life-(re)affirming recovery and renewal. Please email 250-word paper abstracts to David Stahl at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 29, 2011.
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