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Modernization of Japanese literature

Nov. 22, 2010

KALAMAZOO--"Territory of Translation in Meiji-Period Japan" is the topic of a free, public lecture Thursday, Dec. 2, on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Photo of Dr. Jeffrey Angles, Western Michigan University.Dr. Jeffrey Angles, WMU associate professor of Japanese, will speak at 4:30 p.m. in Room 3025 of Brown Hall on Japanese literature during the Meiji period from 1868-1912. It was during this era that Japan undertook an ambitious and radically transformative project of modernization in every field, including literature.

Angles will discuss the ways that Japanese writers, in the earliest modern translations of Western writing into Japanese, dealt with the foreignness of those texts, and the ways that those writers radically transformed the destiny of modern Japanese literature.

For more information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Angles at jeffrey.angles@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3044.

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