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Prof. Jordan Smith to give talk at UCLA on Post-3/11 Poetics: Transnationalism, Translation and Yoshimasu Gōzō

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Jordan Smith

Post-3/11 Poetics: Transnationalism, Translation and Yoshimasu Gōzō

Friday October 25th, 4-6pm, in Bunche Hall room 11377

The cultural effects of 3/11 are ongoing locally, personally, psychologically, artistically; this presentation is partly a critical attempt to understand the complexity of responses among Japanese writers. Highly-acclaimed poet, photographer, and performance artist, Yoshimasu Gōzō, seeks to do so by turning his multilingual, intensely transnational poetry toward giving voice to the “unnamable things” of the debris of Rikuzen Takata, a city devastated by the earthquake and tsunami. Yet he does so through exuberant connections to Caribbean literature, Chinese immigrant and Irish national experiences. We will explore several of his texts as embodying a suggestive yet somewhat problematic response to 3/11 through transnational relationships, interlingual wordplay, and raw unintelligibility.