Name

PITARCH, Pau

Official Title

Associate Professor

Affiliation

(School of Culture, Media and Society)

On-campus Research System

Special Research Project

Mental Abnormality and the Female Artistic Genius in the Works of Okamoto Kanoko(1889-1939)

2017

Research Results Outline:Author Okamoto Kanoko (1889-1939) shared with many of her contemporaries a Author Okamoto Kanoko (1889-1939) shared with many of her contemporaries a deep interest in the connections between mental a...Author Okamoto Kanoko (1889-1939) shared with many of her contemporaries a deep interest in the connections between mental abnormality and artistic creativity. Okamoto herself had first-hand experience of internment in a facility for mental patients, but her essays and autobiographical writings rarely mention this episode, and certainly do not exploit it in the creation of her artistic persona. Gendered attitudes towards mental health probably lie at the root of this difference: a female writer like Okamoto would pay a much steeper price in her public image if she flirted with motifs of mental abnormality in her personal branding.In her fiction, on the other hand, I identify a common pattern in which mental illness occupies a central place in the process of artistic creation, but always split into two different characters whose relationship becomes the center of the story. One of the characters then experiences these pathological states vicariously through the other and derives their creativity at least partly from them, participating in the genealogy of the “mad artist” but without necessarily displaying the full effects of mental illness. It is possible to assume that, having had first-hand experience of mental illness herself, Okamoto would not be so cavalier about its consequences.

Lecture Course

Course TitleSchoolYearTerm
Required Core Seminar (JCulP) 2School of Culture, Media and Society2018fall quarter
Core Lecture 1School of Culture, Media and Society2018spring semester
Core Lecture 2(RE)School of Culture, Media and Society2018fall semester
Forgotten Histories of Japan and the WorldSchool of Culture, Media and Society2018spring semester
Forgotten Histories of Japan and the WorldSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences2018spring semester
Global Science Fiction (TCS Advanced Seminar)School of Culture, Media and Society2018fall quarter
Youth Culture in Modern East Asia (TCS Advanced Seminar)School of Culture, Media and Society2018winter quarter
Japanese Mystery Fiction (TCS Advanced Seminar)School of Culture, Media and Society2018spring quarter
Intensive Studies 10 (Survey of Japanese Literature 2)School of Culture, Media and Society2018winter quarter
Intensive Studies 10 (Survey of Japanese Literature 2)School of Humanities and Social Sciences2018winter quarter
Intensive Studies 25 (Critical Theory)School of Culture, Media and Society2018fall semester
Intensive Studies 25 (Critical Theory)School of Humanities and Social Sciences2018fall semester
Intensive Studies 52 (Seminar: Topics in Japanese Literature 2)School of Culture, Media and Society2018spring quarter
Intensive Studies 52 (Seminar: Topics in Japanese Literature 2)School of Humanities and Social Sciences2018spring quarter
Intensive Studies 54 (Seminar: East Asian Cultures in Global Perspective 1)School of Culture, Media and Society2018spring quarter
Intensive Studies 54 (Seminar: East Asian Cultures in Global Perspective 1)School of Humanities and Social Sciences2018spring quarter
Intensive Studies 10 (Survey of Japanese Literature 2)Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences2018winter quarter
Intensive Studies 25 (Critical Theory)Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences2018fall semester
Intensive Studies 52 (Seminar: Topics in Japanese Literature 2)Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences2018spring quarter
Intensive Studies 54 (Seminar: East Asian Cultures in Global Perspective 1)Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences2018spring quarter
Global Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies 2Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences2018fall semester