Organized Panel Session
This panel explores metamorphosis across modern Japanese aesthetic culture, inclusive of fiction, poetry, performance, film, and the visual arts. Participants will concentrate on a range of metamorphic sites, from representations of transformative embodiment to textual bodies that are themselves transformative. Shouse examines the transformations of visual sensibilities through male perceptions in Japanese and Korean literature and visual culture of the colonizer/colonized framework of the interwar period, concentrating on the Japanese and Korean avant-garde texts and images in Gurotesque and Byeolgeongon. Brown considers self-cannibalization in the works of Hagiwara Sakutarō, Niikuni Seiichi, and Murakami Takashi to reveal how these creators, in deconstructing entrenched categories of gender and sexuality, set the stage for posthuman becomings. Dumas examines the “feral feminine” in Shimizu Takashi’s Marebito as a vehicle for exploring an evolving schema of masculine anxiety and desire, and as a point of departure for theorizing the body of the postmodern horror film as a site of metamorphic potential. Bridges elaborates a New Futurist approach to literature through an analysis of Murakami Haruki’s 1Q84 in which the significance of the chrysalis is examined hermeneuticallyas a metamorphic figure that drives the narrative towards the future. In light of its emphasis not only on the content of these texts but also on the transformative possibilities of encounters with them, this panel also incorporates a dynamic audio-visual component featuring images, sound poetry, and cinema.