Qiuyue Lu is an M.A. candidate in Japan area. Her research interests lie in the Modern Japanese literature, especially Natsume Soseki and the intersection of modern Japanese novel theories from late 19th to early 20th century. Other interests include the parallel development of literary theories and criticism between Japan and the Western world regarding the modernism.
She is currently working on the M.A. thesis which explores the relationship between Soseki's Bungakuron and his novels. She engages his literary theory and the critical essays in relation to the ideologies of "literature" per se, the censorship, and the intertwining of ethical practices of reading, writing and the studies of literature. She is also interested in the approach to the literature as one form of material and how the approach might contribute to the shaping of the history and the landscape of literature, which reinforces the continuity of literary theories both locally and across-continental. In this sense, Qiuyue further argues that Soseki's writings serve as a perspective to further explore the dialogues between so-called East literature and Western literature.
Forthcoming Conference Individual Oral Presentation:
Southwest Conference on Asian Studies 2018, Bungakuron: A Narrative of Natsume Soseki of Multiple Identities