School of Languages and CulturesAssociation for Japanese Literary StudiesCollege of Liberal Arts

Newsletter 10

Eighth Annual Meeting Program

Issues of Canonicity and Canon Formation in Japanese Literary Studies

November 12-14, 1999

Boulder, Colorado

Since the MAJLS (Midwest Association for Japanese Literary Studies) has been driven by nation-wide membership for some time, its committee has decided to drop M from the association's name on this occasion as its annual conference will be held outside the Midwest for the first time. This year’s conference will examine extensively the issues of canonicity in Japanese literature. Here is the program, together with related information. Please take a look and plan to attend the meeting.


The fee is $30.00 for regular and $20.00 for student registration, which includes a reception and dinner on Friday evening. Please send a check and the registration form below to the Conference Chair.


A block of rooms is reserved at the Broker Inn, 555 30th St., Boulder, CO 80303-2397. The hotel is also the conference site. The price of rooms is $64 for a single or a double, and $74 for a king size bed. You may request a non-smoking room. Reservation can be made by telephone (be sure to say MAJLS): In U.S.: 1-800-338-5407 (toll free) and Local: 1-303-444-3330; by fax (be sure to write MAJLS): 1-303-444-6444; and by e-mail (be sure to write MAJLS in the subject line):


For air travelers, the shuttle service from DIA (Denver International Airport) is $18/one way. If you tell a clerk MAJLS when you buy your ticket at the ticket counter of the shuttle service called "Super Shuttle," you can get a discount ($32 round trip). The ticket counter will be to the right as you come up the escalator from the DIA train that carries you from the concourse into the main terminal. Pay careful attention when they tell you which door to exit and where to stand to catch the Shuttle: it stops only twice, in Lane 3 outside Door 510 and in Lane 3 outside Door 507. The bus leaves once an hour at 10 min. after the hour from 7:10 in the morning until 11:10 at night: it goes directly to the Broker Inn.

Travelers by ground need to come to the intersection of I-25 and I-70 in Denver, take I-25 north to the Boulder exit (Route 36). Follow Route 36 for 30 miles to the Baseline Exit. At Baseline, make a right to 30th Street. Turn right on 30th Street and the Broker Inn is on the right side behind the mall and across from the tall dormitories.

More Information

Stephen Miller, Conference Chair

303-492-7545 (office)

303-492-7272 (fax)


David Boyd, Conference Assistant

303-492-6639 (phone)

303-492-7272 (fax)


Issues of Canonicity and Canon Formation in Japanese Literary Studies

Sponsored by:

Japan Foundation, NEAC of the AAS, Center for Asian Studies (CU, Boulder), and the Dept. of East Asian Languages and Civilizations (CU, Boulder)

Friday, November 12

8:45 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

9-10:30 a.m.

Outsiders on the Inside--Okinawan, Resident Korean, Colonial, and Buraku Literature and the Canon

Kirsten Cather, UC Berkeley: "Okinawans and the Akutagawa Prize--Criticizing the Critics"

Kim Kono, UC Berkeley: "Colonial Literature and the Canon"

Sayuri Oyama, UC Berkeley: "Buraku Literature as (non-)Canonical?"

Melissa Wender, University of Chicago: "Between Anxiety and Celebration--Admitting Resident Korean Literature to the Bundan"

Alan Tansman, Georgetown University: Discussant

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Genre, Poetics, and Modernity in Construction of Japanese Literary Tradition (Part 1)

Joshua Mostow, U. of British Columbia: "Canonization and Commodification: Illustrations to the Tales of Ise in the Early Modern and Modern Eras"

Robert Khan, U. of Texas: "The Strange Fate of Court Monogatari after Genji"

David Bialock, U. of Southern California: "Canons and Heresies: Reassessing The Tale of the Heike"

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Keynote Address

Kubota Jun, Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University: "Izumi Ky®ka no sakuhin no Nihonteki tokusei ni tsuite"

2:45-4:15 p.m.

Genre, Poetics, and Modernity in Construction of Japanese Literary Tradition" (Part II)

Haruo Shirane, Columbia University: "Construction of Poetic Essence (Hon'i) as Japanese Literary Canon"

Peter Flueckiger, Columbia University: "The Discourse of 'Makoto' and the Canonization of Tokugawa Waka"

Masaaki Kinugasa, Teikyo Heisei University: "Aesthetic Politics and Literary History: Shinkokinsh¤ and Kazamaki Keijir®"

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker [TBA]

6:30 p.m. -

Reception and Dinner

Saturday, November 13

8:30-10:15 a.m.

Concealment of Politics/Politics of Concealment

Atsuko Ueda, Stanford University: "De-Politicization of Literature: Social Darwinism and Interiority"

James Reichert, Stanford University: "The Politics of Traditional Aesthetics"

Ono Ry®ji, Rikkyo University: "'Literariness' of Shiga Naoya: The Interpretive Code of 'Literature'"

Heather Bowen-Struyk, U. of Michigan: "Proletarian Literary History Reconsidered"

Eve Zimmerman, Wellesley University: "Nakagami Kenji/Dreaming in Sound"

10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.

Counterfeits, Cannibals, and Crusaders: Reinventing 'Classics' from the Inside Out

Paul S. Atkins, Montana State University: "Fabricating Teika: The Usagi Forgeries and Their Authentic Influence"

Charo B. D'Etcheverry, Princeton University: "Teika, Sanetaka, and Fujioka's Sagoromo"

Stefania Burk, UC Berkeley: "Political License and the Poetic Canon of the Imperial Waka Anthologies"

Laurel Rasplica Rodd, U. of Colorado: Discussant

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Keynote Address

Takahashi Mutsuo, author: "Kanon no idenshi: Honka o megutte"

2:45-4:15 p.m.

Nuns, Farmers, and Chocolatiers: Adaptations of the Canon across Time and Space in Japanese Poetry

Roger Thomas, Illinois State U.: "In His Footsteps: Shoky¤-ni and the Canonization of Bash®"

Nobuko Adachi, Illinois State U.: "Shiki ariki N®hon-shugi: Reconsiderations of the Haiku Canon by Japanese-Brazilian Farm Poets"

James Stanlaw, Illinois State U.: "'Chocolate Translations,'‘ 'Bittersweet Revolutions,' and 'Tanka and Photo': Tawara Machi's New Renditions of Midaregami and Questions of Canonicity in Modern Japanese Classical Poetry"

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Issues of Canonicity from Meiji to Today

Leith Morton, U. of Newcastle: "The Canonicity of Yosano Akiko's Midaregami"

Faye Kleeman, U. of Colorado: "The Boundary of Japaneseness: Between "Nihon bungaku" and "Nihongo bungaku"

Jeffrey Angles, Ohio State University: "Discovering and Textualizing Memory: The Tsuioku Sh®setsu of Naka Kansuke and Takahashi Mutsuo"

Ken K. Ito, U. of Michigan: "From the Margins of the Canon: Kikuchi Y¤ho and the Katei Sh®setsu"

Rachel DiNitto, U. of Washington: "In Search of Insignificance?: Modern Literary Anthologies, Premodern Genres, and the Failed Canonization of Uchida Hyakken"

Sunday, November 14

9-10 a.m.

Keynote Address

Suzuki Sadami, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto: "From Canon Formation to Evaluational Reformation: Man'y® , Genji, and Bash®"

10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Early Sitings and Codifications of a Classical Literary Canon

Stephen M. Forrest, U. of Massachusetts: "Strangers Within: N®in-sh¤ and the Canonical Status of Private Poetry Collections"

Edith Sarra, Indiana University: "Mothers, Fathers, and Family Gossip: Mumy®z®shi and the Beginnings of a Canon of Late Heian Tales"

Sook-Young Wang, Inha University, Korea: "Rengashi S®gi no kotengaku: Kokinsh¤ chushaku o megutte" ("The Kokinshu Commentaries and the Classical Studies of Renga Master Sogi")

Lynn Miyake, Pomona College: "'Siting Translation': Translation and Classical Japanese Literary Canon Formation in the United States"

Registration Form


Address _________________________________

City ____________________________________

State ____________ Zip ___________________

Phone _________________________________

E-mail _________________________________

Status: ( ) Regular ( ) Student

Fees: US$30 (regular) and US$20 (student).

( ) Enclosed is a check made payable to the University of Colorado.

( ) Will pay at the Registration at the Broker Inn.

Signature ________________________________________

Mail or FAX form + check to Stephen Miller, University of Colorado, DEALC, Boulder, CO 80309-0279; FAX 303-492-7272.


Starting from the new school year, the association has changed its name from MAJLS to AJLS (Association for Japanese Literary Studies) so as to develop its activities on a nationwide scale.

New PMAJLS to be published

"Love and Sexuality in Japanese Literature" PMAJLS, vol. 5, will be published soon. This volume will include keynote addresses by Inaga Shigemi and Saeki Junko, together with 26 more essays.

This volume, as well as back issues --"Poetics of Japanese Literature" (1993)," Japanese Theatricality and Performance" (1995), "Revisionism in Japanese Literary Studies" (1996), "Ga/Zoku Dynamics in Japanese Literature" (1997), and "New Historicism in Japanese Literary Studies" (1998) -- can be purchased at the cost of $15 each by non-members ($10 for members). Add $10 for AirMail.

Washington University for 2000

Next year’s annual meeting will be held at Washington University -St. Louis and co-chaired by Professors Marvin Marcus, Rebecca Copeland, and Elizabeth Oyler. Tufts University will host the meeting for 2001 (Professors Charles Shiro Inouye and Hosea Hirata, Co-Chairs). If you are interested in hosting the AJLS meeting for 2002 or later, please contact the AJLS office.


This issue included an updated membership directory. The association's membership provides:

  • Privilege of panel participation for the 2000 meeting (if your proposal is selected)
  • Two newsletters
  • A copy of the 1999 proceedings, PAJLS, vol. 1 (Summer, 2000)
  • A free copy of one of the back issues for student members

Membership fee: $25 (North American members); $35 (members from outside the region). Please send the membership form and your check (payable to AJLS) to the AJLS address


AJLS Membership Form

Name _________________________________

Address _______________________________

City __________________________________

State _____________ Country _____________


Tel ___________________________________

E-mail ________________________________

Institution ______________________________


( ) Regular ( ) Student

( ) Institution

If you are a student, indicate the year in which the free copy you would like was published: 19( )

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