115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Asian Literature I

Session Chair: 
Satoko Kakihara, California State University, Fullerton
Session 3: Friday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Henry 202
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  1. Mariam Zia, Lahore School of Economics (Pakistan)
    This paper defines the Indo-Persian storytelling genre of the dastan for an Anglophone audience. It takes issue with the use of translated approximations in critical engagement with the genre and is the first to use the word dastan in order to denote a specific genre indigenous to the Indian Subcontinent.
  2. Alexandra Strudwick Yan, University of California, Irvine
    Akutagawa Ryūnosuke’s “Rashōmon” (1915) adapts an ancient folk story in order to negotiate Japan’s post-1868 Westernization. Kim Sa-ryang, a colonial Korean-Japanese author, also adapted a Korean epic into his story, “The Forest of Kishi” (1940), in an attempt to survive Japanese colonization. This paper discusses the techniques of adaptation used by these authors as a means for combating colonial domination and destructive modernity.
  3. Sunmin Lee, Ewha Womans University (Republic of Korea)
    In this paper, I will argue that the definition of posthuman identity is a problem of how people position themselves in nature by comparing Han Kang’s Vegetarian and Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child.
  4. Srijani Ghosh, University of California, Berkeley
    Through an analysis of Swati Kaushal’s Piece of Cake (2004) and Aisha Bhatia’s Almost Single (2009), I will illustrate how Indian chick lit foregrounds the neo-liberal female subject of post-liberalisation India, and “glocalizes” its fetishism of American culture and a commodification of American cultural values. Indian chick lit represents what Rupal Oza has called “the new liberal Indian woman,” and this liberalization involves sexual autonomy and a consumer identity, along with a stern attempt at limiting “too much” Westernization. 
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