Harvard professor Karen Thornber will give a lecture on the environmental concerns in Asia and then introduce the work of several Asian writers in an exploration of how literary works from the region have grappled with environmental crises from the local to the global. This lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 29, in Taylor Hall, room 203, 5:30pm.
Thornber is professor of comparative literature and of East Asian languages and civilizations at Harvard University, where she has served as chair of comparative literature and chair of regional studies East Asia. Her research and teaching center on world literature and the literatures and cultures of East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan). Thornber is the author of two international award-winning academic books: Empire of Texts in Motion: Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Transculturations of Japanese Literature (Harvard 2009) and Ecoambiguity: Environmental Crises and East Asian Literature (Michigan 2012). Thornber is also an award-winning translator of Japanese literature and was guest editor for a special issue of the journal Literature and Medicine. Her current book projects include a monograph on global world literature and health, a global history of leprosy, and an examination of cultural interplays between East Asia and the Indian Ocean Rim, as well as a guest-edited issue of Humanities on global indigeneities.
This event is sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, with co-sponsorship from the Office of Dean of Faculty, the Departments of Anthropology, English, and Earth Science and Geography, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Asian Students Alliance.
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