Dienstag, 08. Mai 2018, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Modern Japanese Women's Poetry

and Itô Hiromi

Hideto Tsuboi (International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Nichibunken, Kyôto)



Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften - Japanologie, Seminarraum Jap 1
Spitalgasse 2, UniversitätsCampus Hof 2, Eingang 2.4, 1090 Wien


Itô Hiromi began publishing her poems in the late 1970s, and by the 1980s she already was widely recognized as a leading figure of change in the contemporary Japanese poetry scene. My lecture focuses on the development of Itô’s poetry of ‘territory and boundary’, as seen in her works written from the 1990s, when she moved to California. Itô being ‘a border-crossing poet’, her work entered ‘new territory’ as well, as it seems to be reflecting her own physical border crossings between Japan and the USA. Her 1993 collection of poems, I Am Anjuhimeko (Watashi wa Anjuhimeko dearu) provides the first such example, in which she created a new poetic language of movement and linguistic fragmentation. Itô increasingly experimented with ways of crossing the walls between languages just as her body stepped through the physical boundaries. Since the turn of the century, with the 2005 publication of Wild Grass on the Riverbank (Kawara arekusa ), Itô is now exploring new territory, with an increasing focus on aging and death, particularly asking how we confront death as part of the narrative of the 21st Century. My lecture will include discussion of this new focus, as seen in her more recent collections, The Thorn-Puller: New Tales of the Sugamo Jizô (Togenuki – Shin Sugamo jizô engi : 2007) and On Seppuku (Seppuku-kô, 2017).

Hideto Tsuboi is Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) in Kyôto. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in Japanese Literature and completed his Ph.D. in Japanese Literature at Nagoya University. He has written extensively on the issue of ‘the other’ in modern Japa-nese literature. His publication include Koe no shukusai: Nihon kindaishi to sensô (Fest of Voices: Modern Japanese Poetry and War 1997); Kankaku no kindai: Koe, shintai, hyôshô (Modernity of the Sensibilities: Voice, Body and Representation 2006); and Sei ga kataru: 20-seiki nihon bungaku no sei to shintai (Sexuality Speaks: Sex/Gender and Body in the Literature in Twentieth-Century Japan 2012).


Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften/Japanologie und AAJ (Akademischer Arbeitskreis Japan)


Mag. Angela Kramer
Universität Wien
Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften - Japanologie