Japanophone Literature? A Transpacific Query on Absence
This essay inquires into the significance of the absent category of Japanophone literature in light of the recent rise of a global discourse on Sinophone literature and other postcolonial critical genealogies. This discussion of broader postcolonial taxonomies sets the stage for an investigation into the position of Japan as a minor empire in relation to its European counterparts. The precarious location among divided literary fields of colonial Korean writers, such as Kim Saryang, provides a segue into linking contested postcolonial and cold war legacies in the Asia-Pacific.
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Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Nayoung Aimee Kwon is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image. Her research areas include literary criticism and translation studies; film and media studies; intellectual history; postcolonial theory; gender and sexuality, with particular focus on inter-Asian and transpacific (Asian/American) cultural encounters. Her current research e