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Frogs and Worms: An Ecocritical Look at Murakami Haruki’s after the quake
March 8 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Frogs and Worms: An Ecocritical Look at
Murakami Haruki’s after the quake
Professor Alex Bates, Dickinson College
March 8th, 2018 || 4:15 – 5:30 PM
This talk examines conception of nature and disaster in Murakami Haruki’s short story collection known in English as after the quake.Murakami purposefully locates his stories away from the immediate disaster in Kobe, but each deals with natural forces in some way. The presentation centers on the human/nature divide and conception of nature as either a mindless beast wreaking havoc on civilization in “super frog saves Tokyo” or as a creative force in “all god’s children can dance.”