Christine Marran

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Visiting Professor in East Asian Studies and East Asian Languages & Literatures (September 2022 - February 2023)
Institution: 
University of Minnesota
Areas of interest : 
Modern Japanese Literature; Gender & Sexuality in Print and Film Culture; Ecocriticism; Japanese & Asian Film
Region: 
Japan

Christine Marran specializes in the fields of environmental humanities, critical theory, and gender studies. She is Professor of Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Co-Convener of the Environmental Humanities Initiative at the University of Minnesota. 

Through a new materialist approach, Marran’s work addresses how those in area studies can more deliberately contend with the more-than-human world in this age of rising seas. In her analysis of animal and plant life, archipelagoes and climate in narrative and moving images, Marran offers strategies for reading and interpreting more-than-human elements in the work of activist-writers and filmmakers in the Japanese archipelago. Selected works include Ecology Without Culture: Aesthetics for a Toxic Age, “Planetarity” in boundary 2; “Literature Without Us,” in Ishimure Michiko’s Writing in Ecocritical Perspective: Between Sea and Sky; “Animal Stranger in a Tokyo Canal” in Japan at Nature’s Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power and other works. 

At Yale, Professor Marran will continue her work in the environmental humanities. She will dig into the new Noriaki Tsuchimoto Papers archive at Yale to expand her work on the prolific documentarian’s films, paying particular attention to the role of photography, seas, and toxins in his films; she will complete an essay on the conservationist technology of trap cameras; and she will continue her work on a longer project of translation and critique, “Fukushima Diaries.”

Courses

EALL 263, EAST 409, LITR 184

Ecocritical Theory and Japanese Literature

In this course students develop familiarity with principle theories and discourses that enable serious consideration of the more-than-human world in literature. Students analyze how theories of the material turn and the nonhuman turn and specific works of Japanese and Japanese-American/Canadian literature are productive and necessary to area studies and literary studies in our age of rising seas. We analyze different concepts of the material and more-than-human world through various schools of thought including new materialism, speculative realism, object-oriented ontology, obligate storytelling, and archipelagic/aquapelagic thinking. We discuss core movements in theory and treat literary forms as their own site of theoretical production. We explore how to incorporate these new materialist and speculative realist perspectives into our own literary analysis and the merits for doing so.

Term: Fall 2022
Day/Time: M 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
EALL 563, EAST 509

Ecocritical Theory and Japanese Literature

In this course students develop familiarity with key theories and discourses that enable serious consideration of the more-than-human world in literature. Students analyze how theories of the material turn, the nonhuman turn, and specific works of Japanese and Japanese-American/Canadian literature are productive and necessary to area studies and literary studies in our age of rising seas. We analyze different concepts of the material and more-than-human world through various schools of thought including new materialism, speculative realism, object-oriented ontology, obligate storytelling, and archipelagic/aquapelagic thinking. We discuss core movements in theory and treat literary forms as their own site of theoretical production. We explore how to incorporate these new materialist and speculative realist perspectives into our own literary analysis and the merits for doing so.

Term: Fall 2022
Day/Time: M 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM