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Laughter in Japanese Literature from the Heian Period to the Meiji Era

Rire et littérature japonaise de l’époque de Heian à l’ère Meiji

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Published on Friday, February 16, 2024

Abstract

Laughter is omnipresent and plays an essential role in the ancient Japanese literary tradition. Its study provides a cross-disciplinary approach to classical Japanese literature, transcending the boundaries of genres (poetry/prose) or periods (classical period, Edo period, Meiji era). More specifically, the purpose of this one-day symposium is to identify and analyse the forms of laughter present in the reputedly 'serious' genres of classical Japanese poetry (waka) and especially the novel of the Heian period, as well as in productions from later periods.

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This one Day International Symposium is organized by CRCAO (CNRS, Collège de France, EPHE-PSL, UPC)

Laughter is omnipresent and plays an essential role in the ancient Japanese literary tradition. Its study provides a cross-disciplinary approach to classical Japanese literature, transcending the boundaries of genres (poetry/prose) or periods (classical period, Edo period, Meiji era). More specifically, the purpose of this one-day symposium is to identify and analyse the forms of laughter present in the reputedly 'serious' genres of classical Japanese poetry (waka) and especially the novel of the Heian period, as well as in productions from later periods.

Languages: French, Japanese, English

Programm

9:00-9:20 Doors open and Opening remarks by Daniel Struve and Marianne Simon-Oikawa

Morning session: Laughter in the Heian Period

Chair: Michel Vieillard-Baron (EPHE-PSL)

  • 9:20-10:20. Jinno Hidenori (Waseda University): 平安時代の物語における笑い [Laughter in Heian Period Novels, Jap.]. Discussant: Ivo Smits (Leiden University)
  • 10:20-10:40. Oriane Guillemot (PhD student, Ochanomizu University, online, Fr.): Laughter and Language in the Utsuho monogatari (The Tale of the Hollow Tree)

10:40-11:00. Coffee break

  • 11:00-11:20. Lise Bénézet (PhD student, Université Paris Cité, Fr.): Laughter and Poetry in Waka Poetry: The Example of Izumi Shikibu
  • 11:20-11:40. Gregorio Engaz (post-master student, Université Paris Cité, Eng.): "Bitter Laugh": The Uses of Laughter in the Kokin waka shū (Collection of Japanese Poems of Ancient and Modern Times)
  • 11:40-12:00. Maria Elena Raffi (postdoctoral student, Inalco, Fr.): Heichū as a Character in the Heichû monogatari (Tales of Heichū)

12:00-12:30. Discussion

Afternoon session: Laughter from Edo to Meiji

Chair: Matthias Hayek (EPHE-PSL)

  • 14:30-15:10. Martin Nogueira Ramos (EFEO, Fr.): A Farce or a Warning? The Kirishitan kanagaki (c. 1610), an Alternative History of the Christian Religion
  • 15:10-15:40. Sudō Rui (Adjunct Lecturer, Université Paris Cité, Fr.): 『本朝二十不孝』における笑い [Laughter in Saikaku’s Twenty Cases of Unfilial Children]

15:40-16:00: Coffee break

  • 16:00-16h40. Marianne Simon-Oikawa (Université Paris Cité, Fr.): Chūshingura for Fun: Parody and Burlesque in Zashikigei Chūshingura by Santō Kyōden and Utagawa Toyokuni
  • 16:40-17:20. Oikawa Shigeru (Professor Emeritus, Nihon joshi daigaku, Jap.):『西洋道中膝栗毛』と河鍋暁斎の挿絵 [Kawanabe Kyōsai’s illustrations for By Shank’s Mare Through the West]

17:20-17:40. Discussion and Q&A

Places

  • Amphi Turing, Bâtiment Sophie-Germain - Université Paris Cité 8, Place Aurélie Nemours
    Paris, France (75013)

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


Date(s)

  • Friday, March 15, 2024

Keywords

  • rire, littérature, Japon

Contact(s)

  • Marianne Simon-Oikawa
    courriel : marianne [dot] simon-oikawa [at] u-paris [dot] fr
  • Daniel Struve
    courriel : daniel [dot] struve [at] u-paris [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Marianne Simon-Oikawa
    courriel : marianne [dot] simon-oikawa [at] u-paris [dot] fr

License

CC0-1.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

To cite this announcement

« Laughter in Japanese Literature from the Heian Period to the Meiji Era », Study days, Calenda, Published on Friday, February 16, 2024, https://doi.org/10.58079/vulz

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