Sunday, October 21, 2 PM
In his artistic exploration of postwar Japanese history, exhibition artist Yasumasa Morimura has famously staged himself as the controversial author Yukio Mishima in his iconic 1970 coup d’état speech at the Army headquarters in Tokyo. For the fall installation of our Book Club series, the artist has handpicked Mishima’s novel Temple of the Golden Pavillion (1956). Led by Prof. Gregory Pflugfelder, Columbia University.
With complimentary snacks and tea.
Tickets: $15/12 members
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Gregory M. Pflugfelder is an Associate Professor of Japanese History at Columbia University. He teaches in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and is a faculty member of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. His book-length publications include Seiji to daidokoro: Akita-ken joshi sanseiken undōshi (Politics and the kitchen: A history of the women’s suffrage movement in Akita Prefecture [in Japanese], 1986), Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600–1950 (1999), JAPANimals: History and Culture in Japan’s Animal Life (coedited with Brett L. Walker, 2005), and Pictures and Things: Bridging Visual and Material Culture in Japan (special issue of Impressions: The Journal of the Japanese Art Society of America, coedited with Jordan Sand, 2009).