Surrealism as World Literature in Colonial Taiwan

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This talk will explore the artistic and political significance of the Le Moulin poetry society, founded in 1933 in Japan-occupied Taiwan, in both the contexts of Taiwan literature and world literature. The society consisted of Taiwanese and Japanese poets united by their aim to adopt surrealist poetics that circulated from France via Japan. Although their unilateral transculturation of French surrealism does not fit in with the common understanding of world literature as a model of multilateral translation and global circulation, Le Moulin’s contribution to the continuation and maintenance of surrealism and avant-garde poetry prompts us to reconsider and recognize the merits of works of world literature that have so far been marginalized.
Period26 Apr 2023
Event titleArts Faculty Research Seminar Series
Event typeSeminar
Degree of RecognitionInstitutional