Subject: Symposium Announcement--"Yoko Tawada: Voices from Everywhere" at University of Kentucky

Conference announcement:  Please distribute widely.

It is my pleasure to announce a working papers symposium focusing on the prize-winning fiction and essays of Tawada Yoko, at the University of Kentucky, on March 13, 2004.  The proceedings are free and open to all.
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Tawada will be artist in residence at the University of Kentucky, during March 2004.  She has written prolifically in German and Japanese and has won numerous literary awards (including Japan’s highest, the Akutagawa Prize, and Germany’s highest honor bestowed upon a foreign-born author, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize.)  She has established herself, in both languages, as one of the most important writers of her generation. This symposium brings together scholars focusing on the differing linguistic aspects and cultural conundrums in Tawada’s work.? Of particular concern to these presentations are issues of translation and language, of identity and language use, of tradition and lineages.
    Tawada Yoko website:

The essays will be collected and published as an edited volume following the symposium.  The core of the collection will be comprised of contributions by symposium participants.  Nonetheless,  I am interested in including essays by other working on these issues, and Tawada’s writings.  Letters of interest in contributing an essay to this volume should be sent electronically to Doug Slaymaker, at the address below, by March10, 2004.  Other inquiries are welcome.
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Douglas Slaymaker Ph.D.
Japan Studies Program
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
859-257-9139   FAX: 859-257-3743
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