Eco-Criticism from the Periphery: Japanese Fiction in Asian Landscapes

Conference: AAS-in-Asia2020 (AAS-in-Asia2020)
Title: Eco-Criticism from the Periphery: Japanese Fiction in Asian Landscapes
Stream: Literature
Presentation Type: Panel Presentation
Arun Shyam, The English and Foreign Languages University, India (organizer, chair)
Michael K. Bourdaghs, University of Chicago, United States (discussant)
Thuc Thi Tran, Vietnam National University, Vietnam (presenter)
Piyanuch Wiriyaenawat, Thammasat University, Thailand (presenter)
Anushree Prakash, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (presenter)
Antonius R. Pujo Purnomo, Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia (presenter)


The four papers in this panel employ a trans-regional lens in attempting to address the experiences of humanity through the narratives of individuals who on the one hand, are situated locally, inhabiting different distinct geographical areas, but who on the other hand are global; connected by transregional phenomenon

Thuc analyzes Furukawa Hideo's work as a unique piece of ecological literature, depicting a situation in which human life is completely devastated by nature. Piyanuch and Anushree take up lived narratives in the works of Murakami Haruki and Ishii Yuka to examine the relationship between humans and natural disasters, while Antonius’s paper on Komatsu Sakyo’s novel tries to locate the role of disaster and the international community.

What is the role of disaster narratives in understanding the behavior of humans and the environment? How do subjective experiences of trans-regional phenomenon contribute to our perception of humanity as a whole? The panel will employ ecological critique theory among other interdisciplinary approaches to answer these questions.

Comprised of members from India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the United States, this panel represents an attempt at engaging scholars from various countries to help communities broaden our perspectives on disaster narratives from Japan, which we believe will enrich our collective knowledge of Asia as well as help us locate our subjective experiences in connection to a pressing global phenomenon.