Norma Field: "Japanese Women's Pursuit of Global Justice"


Norma Field

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Mills Godwin Jr. Building - Auditorium

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President's Lecture Series


Norma Field discusses a brief history of Japanese feminism, shares information from the International Women's Tribunal of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery and reviews Japanese women's labor history. She explores Japanese women's roles in society, particularly how they were affected by World War II.

A student of modern and contemporary Japanese literature and culture, Field has written about everything from Japanese novels to the moral and legal questions of crimes against women in World War II, and from the use of Japanese nationalist symbols to the integration of Koreans into Japanese society.

She is the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Robert S. Ingersoll Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago.

Field's current research interests include proletarian literature of the 1920s and 1930s and the role of the Communist Party, especially with respect to women and the arts. "My Grandmother's Land," a collection of her essays including several originally written in Japanese, was recently published to wide acclaim in Japan.

Field grew up in Tokyo and later attended Pitzer College in California, where she earned her bachelor's degree in European studies. She then changed her focus to East Asian studies, and earned a master's from Indiana University and a doctorate from Princeton University.

She came to the University of Chicago as an assistant professor in 1983 and was appointed professor in 1993. She is the author of "The Splendor of Longing in the Tale of Genji," "In the Realm of a Dying Emperor" and "From My Grandmother's Bedside: Sketches of Postwar Tokyo."

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113:00 min


A 1/2" VHS copy of this lecture is available in the Special Collections & University Archives Department of Old Dominion University Perry Library. Call #: LD4331.A57 2003g

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