Fellow's Seminar: Dr. Raquel Abi-Samara

Invitation to the Fellow’s Seminar Fiscal 2008-2009 (on May 30, 2008)

The Japan Foundation
General Coordination and the Americas Div.

The Japan Foundation would like to welcome you to join us for the Fellows' Seminar for Fiscal 2008-2009. The presenter is Dr. Raquel Abi-Samara. Details of the session are as follows:

Presentation Theme: "Urban Landscape and Contemporary Japanese Poetry"

The genesis of modern poetry in the West is directly related to urban life, whereby one can live a life of complete solitude in the midst of huge concentrations of people in the metropolis, the fragmentation of the subjective experience due to the fast-moving pace of people, of products, of information. The rapid and uninterrupted alternation of exterior and interior impressions in the large cities, the innumerable and simultaneous visual, aural, sensory stimuli to which the citizen is exposed will certainly have an influence on the nature of his artistic output.

It is known that natural beauty and the experience of the four seasons of the year are basic themes in the Japanese poetic tradition (for example, Matsuo Bashô). With regard to the urban poets, on the other hand, beauty is frequently revealed elsewhere – squares, walls, buildings, spaces devoted to sports and cultural pursuits. The research’s interest of Dr. Abi-Samara is in looking into the relationship between the natural and the urban landscape in Japanese poetry of the Gendai Period, and especially, the relevance that the urban landscape and the events of modern life bear upon the Japanese poetry being written today. How do the idea of urban life and the deep-seated tradition of nature co-exist in the Japanese aesthetic today?

The researcher will present the anthology "Urban Landscape and Contemporary Japanese Poetry" that she is organizing in Japan with the Japan Foundation fellowship.
Presenter: Dr. Raquel Abi-Samara
Dr. Abi-Samara is a member of the research group "Travels: Between Literatures and Cultures" of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) in Brazil. She is affiliated with the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), under the Prof. Dr. Sadami SUZUKI’s supervision. Ph.D. in Comparative Literature by the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ, 2004), MA in Brazilian Literature (UERJ, 1999), Post-Graduate work in Germanic Studies by the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany (1999), BFA in Journalism by the Helio Alonso Faculty of Communication, Rio de Janeiro (1989). Translator of German poetry and philosophy into Portuguese. Some of translated authors: Paul Celan, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Martin Luther, Vilém Flusser. Some of her academic articles: "From ‘The Rose of Hiroshima’ to the Poetry of Kurihara Sadako" (2006), "Martin Luther: ‘Verfremdungseffekt und Zeitschichten in der Übersetzung". From 2002 to 2005 Dr. Abi-Samara taught Brazilian and German literature at undergraduate level in the UERJ, and modern poetry at post-graduate and undergraduate levels in the same university.
Date: Friday, May 30, 2008
Time: 15:00-17:00
Venue: Seminar Room 2 at the Japan Foundation Head Office. Access
* The Japan Foundation headquarters moved to the new office.
Language: English (no interpretation)
AdmissionAdmission Fee: Free
Contact: If you would like to attend the seminar, please notify Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept. by May 30, 2008 with your name, affiliation, and contact information (tel., fax or e-mail). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Tel: 03-5369-6069/ Fax: 03-5369-6041 E-mail

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