Daniela Licandro

Friday, April 28, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in CEAS 319 (1155 E. 60th St.)

Daniela Licandro, “Clumsy Democracy, Clumsy Jiantao: The Construction of a Collective Identity in Wei Junyi’s Recollections of Pain

Please join us this Friday as we host Daniela Licandro (PhD Candidate, EALC). Daniela will present a draft of one of her dissertation chapters, which she summarizes as follows:

This chapter explores the intersection of personal and collective memory in Wei Junyi’s (韦君宜1917-2002) understudied memoir, Recollections of Pain (Si tong lu思痛录, 1998). Written between 1976 and 1989, Wei’s text stands out in the sea of post-Mao memoirs that have tried to come to terms with the sufferings of the revolutionary era. The effort to critically reflect on the past, personal and collective, ensures Wei’s memoir a place in the large body of “literature of reflection” (fansi wenxue反思文学). The chapter engages with the “reflective” agenda of the text and asks how reflection operates, what its models are, and how it relates to the collective identity constructed in the text. I argue that self-criticism (jiantao 检讨)—the socialist practice of self-analysis meant to identify one’s mistakes and reform oneself—provides Wei Junyi with an important model to examine the past. The logic of self-criticism is summarized by the formula “unity-struggle-unity.” Wei’s memoir, in its entirety, re-enacts the formula. On trial is her and other people’s deviation from the original project of eliminating privileges and building a democracy. In the “self-criticism” Wei carries out the “self” is however not simply the individual self but a collective self. It is this collective identity that allows Wei to intertwine, in the memoir, the widely felt urgency to reflect on the past with contemporary debates on democracy. My study of the intersection of personal and collective identity in Recollections of Pain shows how collective narratives did not disappear immediately after the end of the revolutionary period. Moreover, reading Wei’s memoir from the perspective of how it recuperates and/or departs from the rhetoric and structure of jiantao allows a better understanding not only of the place of self-criticism within the broader context of cultural and literary practices, but also of its relation to the way literature was imagined, desired, and pursued.

The paper is available directly below, or at this link. If you have not received the password, or have questions about accessibility, please feel free to contact Alex Murphy at murphya1@uchicago.edu.

Nicholas Lambrecht

Friday, April 14, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Wieboldt 301N

Nicholas Lambrecht, “Long Repatriate Postwars: Memory and Postmemory in Contemporary Japanese Repatriation Literature”

Discussant: Norma Field (Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor in Japanese Studies in East Asian Languages and Civilizations)

Please join us this Friday (4/14) as we host Nicholas Lambrecht (PhD Candidate, EALC). Nicholas will present a draft of one of his dissertation chapters. He summarizes the chapter as follows:

Nearly seven million Japanese colonists and soldiers underwent traumatic journeys of repatriation to Japan at the end of the Second World War. “Repatriation literature” (hikiage bungaku) written about these experiences reveals the enduring questions of culture and identity prompted by the process of repatriation from overseas. This paper deals with contemporary authors of repatriation literature who describe the memories and postmemories that connect them personally to repatriation. The writing of these authors incorporates a strong focus on the postwar experiences of civilian repatriates, as well as descriptions of the hardships that repatriates endured upon their return to a nation that was invested in forgetting its imperial past. This contemporary repatriation literature broadens the scope of the genre and reaches contemporary audiences that never underwent repatriation, revealing and reinforcing the ongoing relevance of repatriation in contemporary Japanese society.

The paper is available at this link. If you do not have the password, or if you have concerns about accessibility, please contact Alex Murphy at murphya1@uchicago.edu.

Theodore Hughes

Wednesday, April 12, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Wieboldt 301N

Next Wednesday, Professor Theodore Hughes will join Professor Kyeong-Hee Choi’s seminar Korean Literature, Foreign Criticism as a guest speaker. Professor Hughes is Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities at Columbia University. This is an open seminar, and those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP with Professor Choi at kchoi@uchicago.edu.

Discussion will center on two short stories in conjunction with selected chapters from Professor Hughes’ book Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2014). Please find the readings in the above post. For password access, please e-mail murphya1@uchicago.edu.

This event is sponsored by the Committee on Korean Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies.

Journal Publication Workshop

Friday, March 31st, 3:00 – 4:45 p.m.
CEAS 319 (1155 E. 60th St)
Kyeong-Hee Choi
Ariel Fox
Paola Iovene
Haun Saussy
Thomas Kelly
Brian White
Nicholas Wong
What do journals look for in an article? When is the right time to publish? Where might one look to submit work? How does the process work, from paper draft to printed piece?
Please join us on Friday for a roundtable discussion on the topic of publishing in academic journals, where these and other questions will be addressed. This will be a unique opportunity to engage with a mixed panel representing both ends of the publication process, from graduate students and faculty at the start of their publishing careers to those serving on advisory and editorial boards for leading journals within and beyond East Asian studies.

Spring 2017 Schedule

3/31 (F) Journal Publication Roundtable Discussion
With Paola Iovene, Kyeong-Hee Choi, Haun Saussy, Ariel Fox, Thomas Kelly, Brian White, Nicholas Wong
3:00 – 4:45 p.m.
CEAS Room 319

4/12 (W) Theodore Hughes (​Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities​ , Columbia University)
Seminar Visit, RSVP required
Location and Time TBA

4/14 (F) Nicholas Lambrecht (PhD Candidate, University of Chicago)
Title: “Long Repatriate Postwars: Memory and Postmemory in Contemporary Japanese Repatriation Literature”
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wieboldt 301N

4/28 (F) Daniela Licandro (PhD Candidate, University of Chicago)
Title: “A Puzzling History of Mistakes: Wei Junyi’s Recollections of Pain
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CEAS Room 319

5/12 (F) Robert Tierney (Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Co-sponsored with the Midwestern Japanese Studies Workshop and the East Asia: Transregional Histories Workshop
Time: TBD
CEAS Room 319

5/19 (F) Brian White (PhD Student, University of Chicago)
Title: “Race and the Cyborg Subject in Japanese Science Fiction”
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Wieboldt 301N

6/2 (F) Hyunjeong Lee (Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Seoul)
Title: “Against the Bamboo Curtain: Ri Yŏng-hŭi’s Writings on China in the 1970s”
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CEAS Room 319

Sohye Kim

Friday, March 10, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in CEAS 319 (1155 E. 60th St.)

Sohye Kim, “The Divided Nation and Korean Diasporic Filmmakers’ Bittersweet Return”

Please join us this Friday as we host Sohye Kim (PhD Candidate, EALC). Sohye will present a draft of the third chapter of her dissertation. She summarizes the chapter as follows:

This paper explores the notions of home, homeland, and homecoming in Korean diaspora films. By following Korean diasporic filmmakers’ cinematic journey between the divided homeland and host country, it questions how the medium of film delivers the experience of homecoming. The notion of “homecoming” is applied not only to human subjects’ return to their homeland in the film texts but also to the diasporic filmmakers’ incorporation into the homeland’s film industry. By examining the homecoming in this dual sense, the paper aims to illuminate the relationships between the diasporic films and human subjects and the audience of both homeland and host country.

To be specific, this paper deals with works by ethnic Korean filmmakers active in Japan that either feature the issue of homecoming or were produced in South Korea. My analysis centers upon two second-generation Korean residents in Japan—one male and one female—and relatively established directors in Japan, namely, Sai Yoichi and Yang Yong-hi. I focus on Blood and Bones (2004) by the former and the documentaries Dear Pyongyang (2005) and Sona, the Other Myself (2010) as well as Our Homeland (2012), a feature film, by the latter. My main concern in this paper revolves around the directors’ unstable and shifting positions between the host country, Japan, the home country, divided Korea, and spectatorship in both countries. On the basis of historical contextualization, I comparatively explore the relationships among representations, audience reactions, generations, and gender.

The paper is available at this link. If you have not received the password for the post, or if you have questions about accessibility, please feel free to contact Alex Murphy at murphya1@uchicago.edu.