Pau Pitarch-Fernandez

Pau Pitarch-Fernandez is Associate Professor of Japanese Literature at Waseda University. His current project examines how interactions between literature, psychology, and publishing culture configured a new concept of authorship and artistic value as fiction writing became professionalized in early twentieth-century Japan.


Abnormal Genealogies: Diagnosing the Writer in 1920s Japan

Characters that suffer from some form of real or imagined mental disorder populate early twentieth-century Japanese literature. Many Japanese authors from this historical moment likewise publicly discussed their experiences with psychological ailments or their fear that they might be close to one such pathological experience.