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New Book Talk : Prof. Laurence Kominz "The Uses of Disguise, Deception, and Deceit: new Mishima Play Translations"
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 7:00pm

PSU Center for Japanese Studies Presents:

Prof. Laurence Kominz, Portland State University "The Uses of Disguise, Deception, and Deceit: new Mishima Play Translations"

February 27, 2008 Wednesday 6PM

Smith Center room 296/8

Mishima Yukio was Japan's foremost playwright in the two decades following WWII. He wrote in a multiplicity of genres: tragedy, melodrama, romantic comedy//shingeki, kabuki, and modern noh. Kominz focuses on four plays in his anthology of newly translated works, exploring how Mishima's characters use disguise, deception, and deceit as their strategy of choice to achieve every sort of goal overturning unequal power relationships between men and women, romantic betrayal and the fulfillment of romantic love, thievery and the apprehension of criminal masterminds. The presentation will include video clips from plays in the anthology.

There will be a reception after the lecture. Open to the public. Free event.

Center for Japanese Studies

Portland State University

311 East Hall,P.O. Box 751 Portland, OR 97207

Phone: (503) 725-8577, Email:cjs@pdx.edu

Web: www.pdx.edu/cjs