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

Newsletter 12

Ninth Annual Meeting Program

Acts of Writing:

Language and Identities in Japanese Literature

Washington University, St. Louis

November 10-12, 2000

The conference this year is organized around topics of "literariness," national / gendered identities, and language and will feature twenty-four paper presentations along with two keynote speakers, Dr. Zdenka Svarcova of Charles University, Czech Republic and Yoshihiro Ohsawa, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Tokyo University.

For more information on registration, lodgings, and transportation, see the conference webpage:

REGISTRATION: Registration is required of all conference participants and costs $30.00 ($20.00 for students). Return registration forms to: Dr. Rebecca Copeland, AJLS/East Asian Studies, Campus Box 1123, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63130. Be sure to make checks out to Washington University. Participants may also register on site.

LODGINGS: A block of rooms for AJLS Participants has been reserved at The Best Western Inn at the Park. Rates run from $71.00 for a single to $81.00 for a double, plus tax. Non-smoking rooms are available upon request. When making reservations, be sure to mention AJLS/Washington University: BW INN AT THE PARK, 4630 LINDELL BLVD, St Louis, MO 63108. Phone: 314-367-7500; Fax: 314-367-9015; Toll Free: 1-800-373-7501. [The hotel will provide a van service to the University Friday afternoon for those who check-in prior to the conference.]

If you have any trouble booking a room, we will supply a list of alternate hotels. Please contact us at: 314-935-4903.


By Air:

The St. Louis area is served by Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Note that there are two terminals: the Main Terminal services TWA and most other carriers. The East Terminal services Southwest. Passengers to the Best Western Inn at the Park have several options: 1) TransExpress provides shared van service to Downtown hotels. The charge is $10.00 one way, $18.00 roundtrip. Contact the shuttle service upon reaching Lambert-St. Louis International Airport by dialing "91" from the red courtesy phones in the baggage claim area and 2) MetroLink, St. Louis' light rail system, provides service to areas near the hotel and the campus. Take the MetroLink to the Central West End Station (the ninth stop from the airport). If you call the Best Western Inn at the Park from the airport (367-7500), they will have a hotel van waiting to meet you at the Central West End Station. Taxi (approximately $30 to the Hotel or to the University) and rental cars are also available.

By Car to the University:

From the East (via US Interstates 57, 64, or 70 West: Take US 64/40 West to the Clayton Road exit. At the top of the ramp, turn right onto Skinker Boulevard. At the second stoplight, turn left onto Forsyth Boulevard. From Forsyth Boulevard turn right onto Hoyt Drive; From the West or South (via US Interstates 44 East or 55 North: Take US Interstate 270 North/West to US 64/40 East. Exit McCausland Avenue and turn left at the bottom of the ramp. Follow McCausland Avenue/Skinker Boulevard North for approximately 1 mile. Turn left onto Forsyth Boulevard, and then right onto Hoyt Drive; and From the West (via US Interstate 70 East: Take 70 East to US Interstate 170 South to Forest Park Parkway. Go east on Forest Park Parkway for approximately 2 miles. At the 2nd stoplight, turn right onto Big Bend Boulevard. At the top of the hill, make the first left onto Forsyth Boulevard at the stoplight and then turn left onto Hoyt Drive.

Please check the conference webpage ( for updated information concerning parking closer to the conference date. Also, those who plan to drive to the conference should contact us for a parking sticker.

Acts of Writing: Language and Identities in Japanese Literature

Sponsors:Japan Foundation, NEAC of the AAS, and Washington University

The conference will be held on the Washington University campus: The rooms are to be announced.

Friday, November 10, 2000

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Registration and Refreshments

3:45-4:00 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks: Co-Chairs, Rebecca Copeland, Marvin Marcus, Elizabeth Oyler

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Writing Gender and Establishing Cultural Authority in Periods of Cultural Flux a Panel Organized by Indra Levy

"Writing Like a Man in the Tosa Diary," Gus Heldt, Bard College

"The Specter of Hysteria in Sanyutei Encho's Shinkei kasanegafuchi? Daniel O'Neill, Yale University

"The Anxiety of Translation: Interlingual Seduction and Betrayal in Futabatei Shimei's Ukigumo," Indra Levy, Rutgers University

"Discourse of Desire and Cultural Topography: The Figure of Woman in Tanizaki's Reflections on Japanese Language," Tomi Suzuki, Columbia University

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation "Semiotic Aspects of the Refined Expression in Classical Japanese: Language and Literature" Zdenka Svarcova, Charles University, Czech Republic

7:00-9:00 p.m.


Saturday, November 11, 2000

8:00-8:30 a.m.


8:30-10 a.m.

Writing Otherness: Strategies of Literary Appropriation and Nativization

"Archetypes Unbound: Domestication of the Chinese 'Five Imperial Consorts'" Atsuko Sakaki, University of Toronto

"Kambun as Performative Power in Makura no soshi and Murasaki shikibu nikki" Naomi Fukumori, The Ohio State University

"In a 'Borrowed Tongue': The Representation of Japan in the English Language by Nitobe, Okakura, and Uchimura" Matthew Mizenko, Ursinus College

"Dreams Come True: Fukuda Tsuneari and the Shakespearean Sub-Text" Daniel Gallimore, Linacre College

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

The Lyrical Word: Language and Identity in Poetry and Poetics

"The Wakan roei shu: Singing in Harmony or Cannibalization?" Sonja Arntzen, University of Toronto

"Gender, Geography, and Writing in Mabuchi's Nativist Poetics: From Masurao-buri to Taoyame-buri" Lawrence E. Marceau, University of Delaware

"Anzai Fuyue's Empire of Signs: Japanese Poetry in Manchuria" William O. Gardner, Middlebury College

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation "Soseki's Writing in Kokoro" Yoshihiro Ohsawa, Tokyo University

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Crosscurrents: Language Styles and Codes in the Nineteenth Century

"Making the Scene with Shikitei Sanba: Performing Popular Culture" Joshua Young, Cornell University

"Rhetoric as Metalanguage and the Metalanguage of Rhetoric: How Language Defines and Is Defined in the Scholarship of Rhetoric of the Meiji and Taisho Periods" Massimiliano Tomasi, Western Washington University

"Bound by Bunsho: Language, Politics, and the Nation in Fukuchi Ochi's Editorials on Writing" Elizabeth Herman, Stanford University

4:45-6:30 p.m.

The Mediated Word: Publishers and Periodicals in Twentieth-Century Literary Production

"Translation in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Writing in(to) Japanese" Sarah Cox, Brigham Young University

"Novels You Can Watch/Movies You Can Read: Visual Narrative in 1930s Women's Magazines" Sarah Frederick, Boston University

"Publishing Houses and Court Houses: Ishihara Shintaro's Debut as a Novelist" Ann Sherif, Oberlin College

7:00-9:30 p.m.


Sunday, November 12, 2000

8:00-8:30 a.m.


8:30-10:30 a.m.

Writing Exercises: New Positions in Postwar and Contemporary Literary Discourse

"Both Ways Now: Dazai Osamu and Tanizaki Junichiro: Writing the Female in Post War Japan" Linda Chance, University of Pennsylvania

"Wresting National Language from the State: Inoue Hisashi's Attempt to Overcome the Modern" Christopher Robins, State University of New York at New Paltz

"The Gender of Solitude: Changing Sexual Identities in Recent Japanese Fiction" Giorgio Amitrano, Naples University of Oriental Studies

"Writing the Limits of Sexual Identities: Tomioka Taeko's 'Straw Dogs' and Nakagami Kenji's 'The Immortal'" Eiji Sekine, Purdue University

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Writing at the Crossroads: Migrations and Mergings in Modern Japanese Literature

"Colonial Ethnography and the Writing of the Exotic: Nishikawa Mitsuru in the Tropics" Faye Yuan Kleeman, University of Colorado at Boulder

"Ethnic Identities and Various Approaches Towards the Japanese Language: Analysis of Ri Kaisei, Kin Kakuei, and Tachihara Masaaki" Yoshiko Matsuura, Purdue University

"Women in Two Cultures: Nomadic Writers of Japan" Reiko Tachibana, The Pennsylvania State University

12:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

AJLS 2000

Registration Form

[Mail form to: Dr. Rebecca Copeland, East Asian Studies/AJLS, Campus Box 1123, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63130]


Address _________________________________

City ____________________________________

State ____________ Zip ___________________


Phone __________________________________

E-mail _________________________________

Status: ( ) Regular ( ) Student

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

( ) Enclosed is a check made payable Washington University.

( ) Will pay at the Registration


AJLS Membership

The association's membership provides:

  • Privilege of panel participation for the 2000 meeting (if your proposal is selected)
  • Two newsletters
  • A copy of the 2000 proceedings, PAJLS, vol. 2 (Summer, 2001)
  • 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. All annual meeting panel participants must become a member in order to present.

AJLS Publications

"Issues of Canonicity and Canon Formation in Japanese Literary Studies," PAJLS, vol. 1, is in the process of editing. The following back issues are available: "Poetics of Japanese Literature" (1993)," Japanese Theatricality and Performance" (1995), "Revisionism in Japanese Literary Studies" (1996), New Historicism in Japanese Literary Studies?(1998), and "Love and Sexuality in Japanese Literature" (1999) can be purchased at the cost of $15 each by non-members ($10 for members). Add $10 for Air Mail.

Tufts University for 2001

Next year's annual meeting will be held at Tufts University and co-chaired by Professors Charles Shiro Inouye and Hosea Hirata. If you are interested in hosting the AJLS meeting for 2002 or later, please contact the AJLS office.

AJLS Membership Form

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