業績(口頭発表・ポスター)

基本情報

氏名 田中 キャサリン
氏名(カナ) タナカ キャサリン
氏名(英語) Kathryn M. Tanaka

発表テーマ

Pandemics and Japanese Popular Fiction: From Cholera to Corona

会議名

東京大学  2020 JEA Lecture Series 1

実施年

2020

資料種別

口頭発表

備考

Illness has always been a part of the human experience, and when it arrives—whether an acute pandemic or a chronic condition—it changes daily life patterns, on individual and societal levels. And these changes are reflected in popular culture, specifically in pop literature and its many forms. This presentation traces how literature has reflected the experience of illness, and how illness changes life in Japan. It touches on the intersections of illness and literature in Japanese history, including cholera, tuberculosis, and Hansen’s disease before focusing on the present global COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, I introduce Kodansha’s online, trilingual (Japanese, English, and Chinese) literary project “After April 1st” to explore the continuities of online flash fiction, or short-short stories, with older Japanese literary forms and pop culture. This presentation argues that the “After April 1st” project can be understood as part of a longstanding tradition of literary responses to pandemics, and should be considered an important part of a broader, global pop culture response to the COVID-19 pandemic.