CRCAO member - Japan Team

Agathe Tran

Université Paris Cité

Thesis : Vision and Aesthetic Effectiveness in Natsume Sôseki’s works of fiction (1905–1916)
Directed by Cécile Sakai


I am a doctoral candidate in the department of Asian Languages at Université Paris Cité. My dissertation appraises the affinities between modern visual practices and Natsume Sôseki’s writings. It explores the visual qualities of his texts and the points at which they intersect with the visual culture at large of his time. My main argument is that Sôseki engages with the visual as a source of creativity, a formal means of composition and a narrative strategy. I am also an assistant professor in Japanese literature at my home university.

Research thematics

  • Modern Japanese literature
  • Literary practices connected to visual culture in modern Japan
  • Verbal and visual crossings in Sôseki’s writings
  • The interplay between literature and other media