Relative Risk and AIDS Literature, or Why There Isn’t (Much) AIDS Literature from Japan

CJR Lunchtime Lecture series
Speaker: Christopher J Lowy
March 19, 12:30-1:30
Asian studies 604

In this talk, I will consider why AIDS literature as a genre was never established in Japan and what this means for the literature that did, and does, address it. I will begin by outlining the history of AIDS in Japanese literature, primarily focusing on works from the mid-1980s and 90s. Relying on the work of Takeuchi Kayo and others, I will then discuss how references to AIDS often go unnoticed, and how these misreadings often leave critics perplexed.

Bio: Chris Lowy is a graduate student in Japanese literature at the University of Washington. He specializes in contemporary Japanese literature, literary criticism, and East Asian writing systems.