This program takes over from the research part of the « Genji Monogatari » program, which ended in 2023. The choice of laughter (warai) as a research theme is in continuity with the reflection on fiction begun in the context of research on the Roman du Genji. Although it is rarely the focus of research in Japan, laughter is omnipresent in the ancient Japanese literary tradition and plays an essential role. The study of laughter allows us to take a cross-disciplinary approach to classical Japanese literature, transcending the boundaries of genre (poetry/prose) and period (classical, Edo, and even contemporary). The aim is to identify and analyze the manifestations of laughter present in the « serious » genres of classical Japanese poetry (waka), especially the novel of the Heian period, and in productions from later periods, notably the Edo period. A comparative dimension will be incorporated into the discussion, notably with classical China, but also with the European tradition. Keyworks such as the Tales of Ise, the Roman du Genji for the Heian period, the Saikaku story collections, and the work of Santô Kyôden will be anchors for this study.



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Daniel Struve (Université Paris Cité)

CRCAO members

Full members
Daniel Struve (Université Paris Cité)
Marianne Simon-Oikawa (Université Paris Cité)

Doctoral students
Lise Benezet (Université Paris Cité)
Oriane Guillemot (Université Paris Cité)
Berfu Şengün (University of Zurich)

Outside Participants

Hidenori Jinno (Waseda)
Paul Schalow