Writing Between Languages and Cultures: A Lecture by Yoko Tawada

6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary's Street, 9th floor

Join us for lecture and conversation by 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.

Moderated by Anna Zielinska-Elliott, Senior Lecturer in Japanese at Boston University and a translator of modern Japanese literature into Polish, and Peter Schwartz, Associate Professor of German & Comparative Literature at Boston University.

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

Free and open to the public. Reception and book-signing to follow.