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Sensibilities of Transformation: The Linguistic Turn in East Asian Literature Studies

Project Update

A major international conference, "Sensibilities of Transformations: The Linguistic Turn and Contemporary Japanese Literary Criticism" was held April 19-20, 2002 at UCLA. It featured presentations from thirteen scholars from around the United States and Japan, including Joseph Essertier (UCLA), Norma Field (University of Chicago), Charles Shiro Inouye (Tufts University), Kamei Hideo (Hokkaido University), Susie Jie Kim (UCLA), Kohno Kensuke (Nihon University), Jennifer Lee (UCLA), Mirana May Szeto (UCLA), Atsuko Ueda (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), John Whitman (Cornell University), Leslie Winston (Connecticut College), Tomiko Yoda (Duke University), and Guohe Zheng (Ball State University). The disciplines and fields represented included linguistics, Japanese literature, Chinese literature, and Korean literature. At present, a volume containing many of the papers presented at the conference, as well as new translations of important essays representative of the linguistic turn" in Japanese literary criticism from the 1970s and 80s, will be submitted for review at a scholarly press in the near future.

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