Writing Between Languages and Cultures with Yoko Tawada

  • 15 Apr 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th floor

Writing Between Languages and Cultures with Yoko Tawada


Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6 PM – 7:30 PM
Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street
9th floor
Reception and book-signing to follow
Free and Open to the Public

Join us for a reading and conversation with the internationally renowned writer Yoko Tawada. Tawada was born in Tokyo in 1960 and moved to Hamburg when she was twenty-two, where she received a PhD in German literature, and then to Berlin in 2006. She writes in both Japanese and German and has published several books, stories, novels, poems, plays, essays in both languages. She has received numerous awards for her writing including the Akutagawa Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize (a German award recognizing foreign writers for their contributions to German culture), the Tanizaki Prize, the Goethe Medal (an official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany), and the prestigious Yomiurui Prize for Literature. New Directions has published her story collections Where Europe Begins (with a Preface by Wim Wenders) and Facing the Bridge, and her novel of Catherine Deneuve obsession, The Naked Eye, and a stand alone edition of her famous story, The Bridegroom Was a Dog

This event will be moderated by Anna Zielinska-Elliott. Elliott is Senior Lecturer in Japanese at Boston University and a translator of modern Japanese literature into Polish. She has published numerous translations of novels, stories, and plays by Murakami Haruki, Mishima Yukio, Yoshimoto Banana, and others.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe and the Center for the Study of Asia at Boston University and the Japan Society of Boston, in cooperation with the Goethe Institut Boston and the literary journal AGNI.

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