Center for East Asian Studies, the University of Chicago: 16th Annual Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture ft. Nahoko Uehashi (Virtual)

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April 4, 2023
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Literature

"When 'Monogatari' Take Their First Breath: Insights Gleaned from My Writing Process"


The word "monogatari," which in Japanese literally means “the telling of things,” encompasses everything from myths, legends and oral traditions to modern novels and children’s literature.


When the seed of a "monogatari" quickens inside oneself, something other than a usual thought process is involved. Using examples from her own writing process, Professor Uehashi will share her observations concerning the mysterious experience of how "monogatari" come to life.


Nahoko Uehashi is the author of Moribito: Guardian Spirit and other acclaimed fantasy novels. This lecture will be delivered in Japanese. Professor Uehashi will be joined by her translator, Cathy Hirano.


The Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture series was launched in 2007 by the CEAS Committee on Japanese Studies to honor the legacy of Tetsuo Najita, Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and his contribution to the university during his long career.

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Hyeonjin Schubert, Center Administrator, Center for East Asian Studies

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