Ph.D. Candidate, EALC
“Suspended Across the Chasm: Husks and Other Lacuna in the Works of Mizuno Senko”
Time: Friday, December 4, 3-5 pm
Discussant: Nick Ogonek, Ph.D. Student, EALC
The Art and Politics of East Asia (APEA) workshop is proud to host Helina Mazza-Hilway (Ph.D. Candidate, EALC), who will present her dissertation chapter “Suspended Across the Chasm: Husks and Other Lacuna in the Works of Mizuno Senko” this Friday. She summarizes her chapter as follows:
In this portion of my second dissertation chapter, I trace the image of husk – that is, a cast-off skin or carapace – as it pertains to feminine hysteria in Mizuno Senko’s 1913 short story “Husk”. Utilizing the work of Luce Irigaray on hysterical women, I show how Mizuno offers a voice to the female hysteric and elucidates upon the seemingly cryptic symptoms of hysteria. Ultimately, I argue that Mizuno develops through the image of husk a kind of ‘hysterical subjectivity’ which complicates any easy understandings either of hysteria or of representations of women’s consciousness in Taishō-era fiction.