The University of Iowa

UI conference May 10 explores Writing and Fighting in Modern Japan

May 2nd, 2014

“Bundan Snark: Writing and Fighting in Modern Japan” is the theme of an upcoming conference at the University of Iowa exploring an alternate history of the Japanese literary establishment. The conference will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 2390, University Capitol Centre (Executive Boardroom) and the event is free and open to the public.

This conference will examine key instances in modern Japanese literary history in which personal arguments changed the face of the literary establishment (bundan) by pushing one author or faction to the periphery in favor of another. Among other questions, we will explore how elegant, scathing authorial attacks, often published in magazines or otherwise aired in public—what we are calling “snark”—affect literary genres and rhetoric. We argue that fights have had as much, if not more, influence in defining Japanese literature as alliances.

Please see for a complete schedule of events.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) in International Programs with additional support from the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (DWLLC).

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Dongwang Liu in advance at or 319-335-1305.