Fellow's Seminar: Ms. Joanna Wolska-Lenarczyk

Invitation to the Fellow’s Seminar Fiscal 2008-2009 (on November 25, 2008)

The Japan Foundation
Europe, Middle East and Africa Div.

The Japan Foundation would like to welcome you to join us for the Fellows' Seminar for Fiscal 2008-2009. The presenter is Ms. Joanna Wolska-Lenarczyk from Poland, a research student of the Tokyo University, the Department of Modern Japanese Literature.

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Time: 15:30-17:30
Venue: Seminar Room 2 at the Japan Foundation Head Office(9F).
The Japan Foundation headquarters moved to the new office. Please refer to the link below.


Admission Fee: Free
Language: Japanese (no interpretation)
Contact: If you would like to attend the seminar, please notify Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept. by Tuesday, November 25, 2008 with your name, affiliation, and contact information (tel., fax or e-mail).
If you would apply by e-mail, please be aware to write the name of the presenter and the date of the seminar in the title. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Tel: 03-5369-6069/ Fax: 03-5369-6041 E-mail
Presenter: Joanna Wolska-lenarczyk was granted the degree of Master of Arts in Japanese Studies at the Faculty of Philology, the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (Poland). She is currently working on her Ph.D thesis devoted to Mishima Yukio’s “The Sea of Fertility” (Aesthetic and Ethical Canon in Mishima Yukio’s the Sea of Fertility) as a research student of the Tokyo University, the Department of Modern Japanese Literature.
Presentation Theme: “Mishima Yukio. The Spring Snow. Mutual semantic connection between the title of the novel and the plot."

While carrying out the project, the method of narratology will be used, focusing on Roland Barthes’ theories, especially on his concept of codes (semantic fields running through the text and indicating potential directions of reading, connecting multiple signifiés in the context of definite social order). Barthes’ theory on narration, stating that the text is like a vast and starry sky with innumerable senses, quotations and codes wandering about, seems to perfectly correlate with the essence of the tetralogy, whose ultimate meaning appeared as an epiphany of emptiness and illusion. In his book S/Z, Barthes has distinguished five codes: symbolic, hermeneutic, proairetic, semantic and cultural, which will also serve in this project as a point of reference to read multiple senses hidden within the raw tissue of the text and, as a result, will enable the definition of the unique aesthetic and ethical canon of the individual:

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