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Female Authors Shine: Japanese Literature from 2000 to Today

As a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19, this event has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvience caused.

Fertility. Futility. Entrapment. Rebellion.

Thanks to the hard work of literary translators, we are currently in the midst of a publication boom of contemporary Japanese literature in English translation. The narrowing gap between the original publication date and the publication of translations means that English-speaking readers can now enjoy many excellent works of Japanese literature from the last two decades. These contemporary Japanese authors (many of whom are female) excel in their ability to encapsulate the anxieties of girls and women in the “digital native” generation, including difficult personal relationships, changing attitudes towards marriage and obsession with appearance.

This talk looks at novels by Natsuo Kirino, Risa Wataya, Mieko Kawakami and Novala Takemoto, as well as rising star Sayaka Murata (of Convenience Store Woman fame). In doing so, it provides insight into how present-day Japanese are conceptualizing youth and femininity against the backdrop of the decreasing birth rates and stagnant consumption that have characterised the past twenty years in Japan. The talk also celebrates the release of Tamaki’s new book, Re-Imagining Japan After Fukushima (ANU Press, 2020).

A recommended reading list will be provided at the end of the session.

This is the third of three events in the talk series, Read Japan: A Booklover’s Guide to Japanese Literature in Translation, 1960-2020.

book iconAttendees will receive a 20% discount voucher from Books Kinokuniya Sydney, redeemable in-store, and will have a chance to win a Kinokuniya book pack themed around the reading list for this talk.


Tamaki Mihic
Lecturer in Japanese Studies, The University of Sydney

Tamaki Mihic specialises in contemporary Japanese literature, exophonic literature, Translation Studies and Comparative Literature. Her new book, Re-imagining Japan After Fukushima explores the portrayal of post-Fukushima Japan in cultural responses to the disaster.


Book cover, Re-Imagining Japan After Fukushima

Re-Imagining Japan After Fukushima
ANU Press, 2020



April 3, 2020 (Friday)
6:30pm-7:30pm (doors open 6pm)

Free; no bookings required.


Find out about the Read Japan series.


The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008


(02) 8239 0055

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