2/12: visiting scholar Christopher Hill (Columbia University) on the naturalist novel in Europe and Japan

The CSU, Chico Humanities Center presents "Translating the Realist Body: Naturalism's Nervous Mimesis." Christopher Hill (Associate Director of the European Institute at Columbia University).

Wednesday, Feb. 12 in Trinity 100 at 7:30 pm, followed by a reception.

After it appeared in France in the 1860s, the naturalist novel quickly took to the road. The naturalist schools that emerged from the Americas to East Asia were important conduits for introducing the techniques of European realism to literatures around the world.  Naturalism's singular focus on the nerve as a means for describing both individual and society meant that as naturalism traveled, the nerve was translated into new literary idioms.  The Japanese writer Shimazaki Tôson's novel Spring (1907) reveals the new possibilities for critique that emerged in the process. Christopher Hill writes on the transnational circulation of ideas and literary forms.  His current project, "The Travels of Naturalism," is a study of the rise of the naturalist novel and its movement around the world in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Hill is author of National History and the World of Nations: Capital, State, and the Rhetoric of History in Japan, France, and the United States (Duke, 2008).

Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Sarah Pike at spike@csuchico.edu.