Events | Lecture | 12 February 2015

"The Death of God and the Afterlife of Magical Realism: on Haruki Murakami and the Suspension of Belief"

Justin Neuman (Yale University)

What is the relationship between magical realism as a narrative form and secularism as an ideological commitment?

On February 12 at 3:30pm in Bryan Hall 229, Justin Neuman argued how Haruki Murakami's novels are driven by a contradictory impulse: to build fictional worlds that imagine new forms of hybrid spirituality and to critique new religious movements. His lecture explored the nuances and implications of antireligionism as a theme in Murakami's writing and in the context of his "cult" status as a writer.

Justin Neuman is Assistant Professor of English at Yale University, where he researches and teaches global Anglophone literature and culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He is author of Fiction Beyond Secularism: World Literature Since 1979 and is working on his second book project Energy Systems Literature. In 2008, he earned his PhD from the University of Virginia and served as a doctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

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