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Full House for Higashi/Tanabe Lecture

September 3, 2013

The Department of Modern Languages hosted Japanese authors Masao Higashi and Seia Tanabe for a lecture titled "Disaster and the Literature of the Supernatural" this past weekend and the event drew a large crowd of students, literature aficionados, and members of the local Asian community.  Higashi and Tanabe were congenial guests and spent a substantial amount of time interacting with students and other attendees.  

Higashi is a noted expert in Japanese horror literature or Kwaiden; he is a respected researcher, literary critic, and editor of several Japanese  story collections such as Kaiki: Uncanny Tales and “Buka” (secrets). His works explore the evolution and preservation of this Japanese “weird” fiction tradition.

Seia Tanabe is the author of three books: Tamaoi, Satsukioni, and Illkibyohu, all collections of Japanese ghost stories.


The event was planned by Dr. Makiko Fukuda, Lecturer of Japanese in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.







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