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College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, English and Literary Arts
Fiction, Science fiction, Romance, Japan
Okazaki Fragments (OF) is a science-fictional romance in prose, verse and graphics. It explores human and non-human varieties of relation and performance by adapting language, concepts and images from a series of sixteen scientific papers. The series, Mechanism of DNA Chain Growth, presents research on discontinuous DNA replication by molecular biologists Reiji Okazaki and Tsuneko Okazaki and their scientific collaborators. To construct imagined events and experiences for Okazaki and Okazaki, OF also borrows from Tsuneko Okazaki’s recollections and from many other Japanese sources, particularly the works of photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, artist Katsushika Hokusai and filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu. In addition, the paintings, prints and writings of Agnes Martin are important to OF’s creative foundation. OF’s guiding figure is the DNA double helix.
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Agrawal, Kanika, "Okazaki Fragments" (2018). Restricted Access ETDs. 3.
Literature, Creative writing