Cannibal Modernity in East Asian Literature and Film
The trope of cannibalism has served to represent human abjection and cruelty. This panel aims to address cultural representations of cannibalism in East Asian literature and film by exploring questions such as: where do we draw the boundary between the self and the other? How are anxieties about capitalism projected onto the individual consumer’s body? How do these representations affect the ways in which we understand class, gender, sexuality, and racial difference? This panel explores the implications of cannibalism in relation to literature and film, literary obsessions with the topic of man-eating, and the cultural and historical significance of this fascination in China, Taiwan, Japan, and/or Korea. It welcomes specialists from all areas of East Asian literature, culture and film studies to investigate cannibalism as a response to modernity, a metaphor for literary practices, a culinary imagination, a trope to reframe contemporary global issues, or from any other critical perspective.