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Clara Reiring, M.A. (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)

“Convergences of Postmodernism and Buddhist Thought: Rereading Richard Brautigan’s The Tokyo-Montana Express

24 January 2017
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (18-20 c.t.)
P 103, Philosophicum

Richard Brautigan’s The Tokyo-Montana Express (1980) is an exemplary work of postmodern fiction. Surprisingly, though, it is rarely discussed in seminars or secondary literature. This presentation aims at putting this work (back) into academic focus, rereading it with a perspective on the almost unmissable, yet nearly unexamined Buddhist thought present in the book. Resulting from this fruitful convergence of postmodernism and Buddhist thought, the presentation also tries to find new answers to the question of the book’s form, as The Tokyo-Montana Express seems to elude standard genre classification.

 

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