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November 9, 2018

[SSJ: 10435] Re: Question for Cook lecture

From: David H. Slater <dhslater@gmail.com>
Date: 2018/11/05

Thanks Michael,

Indeed, this is one of the questions that we have asked for a while. The Cooks had assumed that after their book, a number of others would also be published but that did not really happen.

There are also a number of methodological issues associated with a translation of oral narrative--do you go back to the original tapes or translate the work from the English book as it is now written. Therein, the methodological becomes political, a question of status: is this a "foreign" book of the 'Japanese seen from foreign eyes' genre? Or is this a collection of Japanese voices?

Not only will the Cooks both be talking about the book, oral narrative and the politics of today, but we will have a number of readings from their book--very moving.

I hope you, and everyone, can make it.


David H. Slater, Ph.D.

Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture

Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Japanese Studies

Sophia University, Tokyo

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