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

East-West Literary Relations

Session Chair: 
Mike Sugimoto, Pepperdine University
Session 7: Saturday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Ching 253


  1. Özlem Berk Albachten, Bogazici University
    This paper sets out to identify the current position of Japanese literature in the Turkish literary system based on a bibliography of translated works (over 100 titles between 1959-2017) and address the ways translation has functioned as a tool of cultural mediation and literary exchange between Japan and Turkey.
  2. Matthew James Bond, University of California, Riverside
    This paper will address the criticism that sees circular journeying as central to Kerouac's work and specifically to Dhamra Bums, naming the Zen ox-herding pictures mentioned in the novel as the primary guide to reading the story at hand.
  3. Michael Moreno, Green River College
    This paper explores how Leila Aboulela’s novels The Translator and Minaret interpret urban spaces—both public and private, visible and veiled, sacred and secular—as cultural nodes and contact zones that translate and transform the post-colonial fragmentation between Islamic principles and a British ethos into an East-West discourse.
  4. Sara Wilson, University of Oklahoma
    This paper argues that a comparative East-West methodology is crucial to contemporary notions of social being. Where Zhao Tingyang articulates a global political system based in the smallest political unit of the family, Jean-Luc Nancy’s work reveals that even a family or other socially-configured group bears the problematic technologies of the self. Zhao in turn reveals that in China, Nancian social being is harnessed toward hegemonic statecraft, demonstrating a kind of Sino-centric co-option of plural being. 
Session Cancelled: