Asia Institute Tasmania

Public Lecture | How does he eat the hole of a donut? Food in Haruki Murakami's fiction


Dr Chikako Nihei, Yamaguchi University, Japan

Start Date

2nd Mar 2016 5:30pm

End Date

2nd Mar 2016 6:30pm

Spaghetti, pizza, sandwiches, beer, doughnuts — my advice is don't read Murakami when you skipped lunch. His stories are replete with food and his protagonists are almost always cooking men or somebody who is fussy about what he eats. More significance is that in his stories, eating space is where watershed events take place and where the characters develop or fail to develop their relationship with others. Chikako Nihei will talk about the role of food in Murakami's work as a way to enhance our pleasure of reading his stories.

Chikako Nihei is an Assistant Professor of Japanese language and culture in Yamaguchi University, Japan. She has a PhD from the University of Sydney in Japanese Studies. Her interest includes food in Japanese literature and the impact of translation practice on language formation.

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