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Monthly Seminar – 3

2018/01/29 – Exploring the element of mobility in Kobo Abe's work, The Woman in the Dunes

Lecture Information

  • SpeakerLee, Hyunji (HK Researcher, AMH)

Time : 2019/01/29 Tues. 17:00

Place : #1106, New Millennium Hall, Konkuk University

In this presentation, Lee, Hyunji (researcher, AMH) focuses on the place-making process of a place under the dune that the protagonist in the novel, “Sand Girl” of Japanese modern novelist Abe Gobo, should go through relying on the network capital theory developed by John Urry. Lee focuses on the meaning of the heroine's daily life that sinks under the sand, and suggests that the life under the sand seems to solve the main problem of the main character. This 'daily life' space where movement and settlement are repeated is conceptualized as a mobility space. However, Lee argues that under Abe Gobo's novel, mobility is not free and rather stationary space under power control. Lee argues that the protagonist in this novel can be seen as a person who is under the 'control of power' in detention and surveillance with 'abnormal identity' and the 'unreal vision of the world'.​