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Upcoming Event: Sex on the Mind: Queer Theory Meets Cognitive Narratology (in Japanese Literature!)

November 13th, 2012

Humanities News

Brandeis University
East Asian Studies Program and East Asian Studies Colloquium

Presents

J. Keith Vincent
Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature Boston University

Titled

Sex on the Mind: Queer Theory Meets Cognitive Narratology (in Japanese Literature!)

Recent work in cognitive psychology and literary studies has begun to challenge the traditional understanding of consciousness as something necessarily located in the depths of what literary scholars like to call “interiority.” Queer theorists have long made similar claims about human desire, arguing that it does not well up from our “insides” but rather emerges in narrative and through structures of triangulation, displacement, and identification. In this talk, I explore some parallels between these two approaches. I argue that modern Japanese literature–in which “interiority” itself, along with the very distinction between first and third-person narration, are said to be recent inventions– offers fertile ground to explore just how it is that we think we know the minds and desires of others, and ourselves.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Shiffman Humanities Center, Rm. 219

For more Information, please contact Professor Xing Hang (xinghang@brandeis.edu)

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