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Supernatural Japan: Izumi Kyōka and Literature of the Fantastic

Vortrag von Pedro Bassoe

"Izumi Kyōka (1873-1939) is widely acknowledged as the founding author of literature of the fantastic in Japan, a country that has been at the forefront in the production of fantasy literature and media for decades. Kyōka’s role in the establishment of the fantastic as a genre, however, remains little known outside of Japan. In this presentation, Professor Bassoe will discuss the development of the idea of literature of the fantastic, or gensō bungaku, as a cohesive genre in the 1970s, in part as a reevaluation of Kyōka, but also as a reception of French scholarship on contes fantastiques (stories of the fantastic)."


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