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24th Annual Association of Japanese Literary Studies (AJLS)

The Senses and Sensory Experience in Japanese Literature and Culture

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 9 - 10, 2015

Conference Schedule

Friday October 9, 2015

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-8:45 Welcoming Remarks

8:45-10:30 Session 1

Panel 1: THEORIZING SENSORY EXPERIENCE IN EDO PERIOD JAPAN –TREATISES IN MARTIAL ARTS, THEATER, AND INCENSE CEREMONY
Chaired by Kiyoko Morita, Tufts University

Andreas Niehaus, Ghent University
“Miwataseba” – Sensual Attentiveness in Early Modern bugei treatises

Andreas Regelsberger, Trier University
Conveying emotions through sound: How to perform puppet theatre in Early Modern Japan

Benedikt Vogel, Trier University
Scenting as Performance - Aesthetics of aroma and sensory imagination in the Incense Ceremony

Panel 2: SENSES IN MODERN FICTION
Chaired by Makoto Hayashi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Miho Tajima, Josai International University
視覚からの逃避と視覚への逃避:水村美苗『私小説 from left to right』における美苗の主体性構築

Thomas Garcin, IETT, Lyon 3 University
From Synesthesia to Simulacrum: Japaneseness as a Sensory Experience and Forgery in Yûkoku and Sutâ (1961) by Mishima Yukio

Guohe Zheng, Ball State University
Dazai Osamu’s Sense and Sensibility

Michiko Suzuki, Indiana University
Decoding the Visual Experience of Kimono in the Cinematic Representations of Sasameyuki (1950 and 1983)

10:45-12:30 Session 2

Panel 3: THE POST-COLONIAL SENSE REALM
Chaired by Waïl Hassan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Toshi Pau, Duke University
The Sublime SENSE(lessness)—La petite mort in Blood and Bones

Nobuko Yamasaki, Lehigh University
Sensory Experiences of the Empire via Ri Kōran

Yoshihiro Yasuhara, Carnegie Mellon University
Sensory Experiences Unbound: Ōshima Nagisa’s Poetics of Documentary

Juhee Lee, University of Tsukuba
On the Tip of His Tongue: Hail Kim’s Braille experiences described in his texts

Panel 4: PHYSICALITY IN PRE-MODERN LITERATURE
Chaired by Elizabeth Oyler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sachi Schmidt-Hori, Dartmouth College
Overcoming Lookism: The Crossdressing of the Heroine in New Chamberlain

Otilia Clara Milutin, University of British Columbia
“Sweat Pouring Forth Like Water”: Representations of the Violated Female Body in Heian Monogatari

Sijia Gao Harvard University
Olfactory Encounters and Perception of Scent in The Tale of Genji

12:30-1:15 Lunch, served at venue

1:15-3:00  Session 3

Panel 5: THE MEANINGS OF SENSORY EXPERIENCE
Chaired by Edith Sarra, Indiana University

Pana D. Barova-Ozcan, Independent Scholar
Contrasting Color Images in the Sarashina Nikki and their Function in the Narrative Discourse

Joannah Peterson, Indiana University
Capturing the Light of the Moon: Representations of the Emperor in the Verbal and Visual Texts of Yoru no Nezame

Stephen Miller, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Buddhist Negotiation with the Senses in Jakuzen’s Hōmon hyakushu

Irena Hayter, University of Leeds
The Sensuousness of New Sensationism and Other Modernist Myths

Panel 6: MUSIC AND SENSORY CULTURE
Chaired by Michael Bourdaghs, University of Chicago

Joshua Solomon, University of Chicago
Smelling Music: The “Unheard” Sounds of Takahashi Chikuzan

Ayako Horiuchi, The University of Tokyo
日本語を歌うこと:日本的なるものとしての詩と音楽を越境する声

Alex Murphy, University of Chicago
Regarding Recitation: Poetry, Technology, and the Politics of the Voice in Japan, 1929 –1934

Aragorn Quinn, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Listening to the Zenshinza: Live and Recorded Sound in 1930s Japanese Rensa-geki

3:15-5:00 Session 4

Panel 7: TRAVEL/VISUALITY
Chaired by Roderick Wilson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kendra Strand, St. Olaf College
To Look is Superb: Vision and Visuality in Medieval Travel Journals

Nobuko Toyosawa, University of Chicago
A Sense of Place, A Sense of History: Kaibara Ekiken (1614-1730) and His 1706 Guidebook of the Capital, Keijō shōran

Eve Zimmerman, Wellesley College
Of Roofs and Valleys: Ethnographic Photography, Futagawa Yukio, and the Materiality of Nihon no Minka (1957): second presenter

Kelly Hansen, San Diego State University
Song as Cultural Memory: Yokohama and the Little Girl in the Red Shoes

Panel 8: MODERNITY AND AESTHETICS
Chaired by Laurie Johnson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Juliana Choi, University of California, San Diego
Edogawa’s Phantasmagoria: the Haptic Politics of “The Human Chair.”

Luciana Sanga, Stanford University
Seeing and Being Seen in Tanabe Seiko’s Novel Iiyoru (“Approach”)

Fusako Innami, Durham University
Olfactory Touch

Douglas Slaymaker, University of Kentucky
What the horses do not know (Furukawa Hideo's Umatachiyo, Sore demo hikariha muka de)

5:30 An Intangible Sense: The Art of Incense Demonstration, and reception at Japan House

Saturday October 10, 2015

9:30-11:30 Session 5

Panel 9: PLEASURE AND SENSUALITY
Chaired by Nancy Blake, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ikuho Amano, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Pleasure for Its Own Sake: Sense and Nonsense in Ōshima Nagisa’s In the Realm of the Senses

Joanne Quimby, North Central College
Non-genital intimacy and the sense of touch as sexual experience in Oyayubi P no shugyo jidai

Junko Yamazaki, University of Chicago
Sense-Hacking: Queer Aesthetics of 1950s Toei Jidaigeki

Motoi Katsumata, Meisei University
The Face of Oiwa: The Evolution of the Visual Effect in the Horror Narratives of Yotsuya Kaidan

Panel 10: POST IMPERIAL LITERATURE AND THE SENSES
Chaired by Robert Tierney, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Andrea Mendoza, Cornell University
Reading Doku[fu] and Consuming Cannibal: Bodies of Un-Belonging in Post-Imperial Film and Literature

Catherine Ryu, Michigan State University
The Language of Red in Kim Ch’ang-Saeng’s “Akai Mi” (“Crimson Fruit,” 1989)

Christina Yi, University of British Columbia
Decadence, Double Agents, and a Drunken Boat: Colonial Legacies in Tanaka Hidemitsu’s Yoidorebune

Andre Haag, University of New Mexico
Visualizing the Korean Subversive as Detective Work in Taishō Crime Narratives

11:30-1:00 Lunch Break

1:00-3:00 Session 6

Panel 11: MAKING SENSE OF SAGOROMO: BODILY INSIGHTS INTO SENJI’S TEXT
Discussant: Edwin Cranston, Harvard University

Steven Hanna, Harvard University
Robes Worn By Night: Weight And Dread In Sagoromo monogatari

Michelle Kuhn, Nagoya University
Scent and Seduction in the Tale of Sagoromo

Daniel F.O. Joseph, Harvard University
The New Voyeurism: Kaimami in Sagoromo monogatari

Charo D'Etcheverry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Tale of Sagoromo in Medieval Song: Sound, Class, and Resistance.

3-3:15 Coffee Break

3:15-5:15 Session 8

Panel 12: JAPANESE AESTHETICS, THE SENSES, AND THE STATE
Discussant: Michael Bourdaghs, University of Chicago

Lingling Ma, University of Tokyo
Tanizaki’s Siren: The Self-Destructive Avent-Garde and the Vitalist Undercurrent in the Taisho-era

Kyle Peters, University of Chicago
Art, Phenomenology, and Ontological Aidagara: The Sensory and the State in Watsuji’s Early Aesthetics

Justin Wilson, University of California, Los Angeles
Utopian Visions/Apocalyptic Anxieties: Taiken and the Restoration of Language in Postwar Japan

Nicholas Risteen, Princeton University
Sighting Disaster: National Visions and Urban Reconstruction

5:30 Keynote Address

Aaron Gerow, Yale University
Kawabata and Cinema: The Ambivalence of Knowledge, Medium, and Influence

7:00 Dinner at Illini Union Room 104