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Newsletter 16


Eleventh Annual Meeting Program

Japanese Poeticity and Narrativity Revisited

OCTOBER 4-6, 2002 Purdue University

After last year's tenth annual meeting at Boston, we will return, this time, to Purdue, a location where our activities started. By featuring the theme, "Japanese Poeticity and Narrativity Revisted," we will go back to the basics of our interests in Japanese literature in such a way as to stress the beginning of our next ten years. The old topics of uta and monogatari will be examined from new and different standpoints and approaches. Our call for papers has particularly solicited papers to discuss the issues in relationship with such underdeveloped topics as translation, comedic/playful writings, critical and theoretical writings, and general literary concepts of visuality and fictionality. Eight panels of presentations, together with two keynote addresses by Professors Kojima Naoko and Mizuta Noriko and a poetry reading concert by Professor Yoshimasu Gozo and his wife Marilya, will extensively examine these topics and other fundamental topics related to the understanding of Japanese literature.

REGISTRATION: Registration is required of all conference participants. The fee will cover all the following meals: Friday dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, Saturday lunch, and Saturday reception. Please see and mail the form included in this newsletter by September 30, 2002. For more information about registration, contact our coordinator, Kathy Hyman: 765-494-2758 (Tel); 765-494-0567 (Fax); and

LODGINGS: A block of rooms are held at University Inn and Conference Center; 3001 Northwestern Ave., West Lafayette, IN 47906: 800-777-9808 (Tel); 765-497-3850 (FAX); <> (website). Single rooms are $89 and double rooms are $96. For an extra person in the room it is an additional $7 with a 5 percent sales tax and 5 percent innkeepers tax. You need to identify yourselves as being with the group of the Japanese literature conference (AJLS).

TRANSPORTATION: By Air: Air travelers can either come to the Purdue Airport in West Lafayette, IN or to Indianapolis International Airport and take a shuttle bus that will drop you either at the hotel or near conference site. Lafayette Limo departs from the Indianapolis Airport at 6:30 a.m. and continues its service every two hours until 10:30 p.m. It is a 90-minute ride to the Purdue campus and hotel. Fare is $19 for one way and $33 for round trip. For reservations, call 765-497-3828 or FAX 765-497-4106. By Car: Travelers by ground have access to the city by I-65; exit at Indiana 26 West, which will take you to Purdue and the hotel.

Japanese Poeticity and Narrativity Revisited


Toshiba International Foundation, NEAC of the AAS, and Purdue University

Friday, October 4, 2002

Stewart Center, Room 202

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Welcoming Remark

Paul Dixon, Head of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Purdue University

12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Aspects of Modern Poetry and Narrative: Feminism, Experimentalism, and Visuality

Jeffrey Angles, The Ohio State University, "The Visual Heritage of Symbolism: Visuality in Kitahara Hakushu and Murayama Kaita"

Annika A. Culver, University of Chicago, "Modernity and Ethnographic Eye: Images of Subversion and Anachronism in the Poetry of Kitagawa Fuyuhiko"

Kumiko Sato, Pennsylvania State University, "The Subject of Femininity and Poeticity: A Comparative Approach to Contemporary Japanese Women's Writings and Feminist Theory"

Tanaka Mitsuko, Josai International University, "Unsealing Yamakawa Tomiko's Tanka: Construction of Tomiko's Gendered Image in Contrast with Akiko's"

Horiuchi Kimiko, Josai International University, "Meio Masako and America"

2:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Poeticity and Narrativity in Tokugawa Poetry

Cheryl Crowley, Emory University, "Humor in the Haiku of Yosa Buson: Shinhanatsumi (New 'Flower Gathering') and Kokkei"

Lawrence Marceau, University of Delaware, "'Choka for Our Time': Shimizu Hamaomi's Sedge Root Collection"

Roger K. Thomas, Illinois State University, "Poetry Fit to Sing: Tachibana Moribe and the Choka Revival"

3:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Literary Space in Prewar Japan: Redefining the Narrative of Modern Narrativity

Melek Ortabasi, Hamilton College, "Sketching Out the Critical Tradition: Yanagita Kunio and the Reappraisal of Realism"

Rachel DiNitto, The College of William & Mary, "Bungei Shunju and Literary Freedom in the Age of Publication"

Ted Mack, The University of Washington, "Social Realism: Exteriority and the Modern Literary Canon"

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Keynote Address I:

Kojima Naoko, Rikkyo University, "明治新体詩のジェンダー形成:「孝女白菊の歌」と物語 (Construction of Gender in Meiji Shintaishi: 'A Song of Shiragiku the Faithful' and Monogatari)"

Saturday, October 5

Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Waka, Buddhism, and the Medieval Commentarial Tradition

Esperanza Ramirez Christensen, University of Michigan, "Emptiness and Medieval Poetics"

Keller Kimbrough, Colby College, "Nomori no kagami and the Perils of Poetic Heresy"

Susan Blankeley Klein, University of California, Irvine, "Down the Primrose Path: Narihira as Love God in Medieval Poetic Commentaries and the Noh"

Lewis Cook, Queens College, CUNY, discussant

10:10 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Contemporary Intertextuality and Practices of Deconstructive Rewriting

Atsuko Sakaki, University of Toronto, "With Traces: The Iterability of Memory and Narration in Contemporary Japanese Literature"

Davinder L. Bhowmik, University of Washington, "A 'Lite' Battle Narrative: Medoruma Shun's 'Suiteki'"

Mikiko Iwana, Columbia University, "Intermingling Voices: Nakagami Kenji, Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Murasaki Shikibu, and William Faulkner"

Irena Hayter, University of London, "Wagahai wa neko dearu satsujin jiken as a Postmodern Sequel"

1:30 pm - 3:10 pm

Women and Translation: Subversive Textuality

Eve Zimmerman, Wellesley College, "Girl at the Window: Kono Taeko and Wuthering Heights"

Nakagawa Shigemi, Ritsumeikan University, "Crossroads of Poeticity and Narrativity in Modern Women Writers: Wakamatsu Shizuko, Adelade Ann Procter, Hayashi Fumiko, and Jean Lhys"

Judy Wakabayashi, Kent State University, "Out of the Shadows: Applying a Feminist Framework to Translation in Meiji and Modern-Day Japan"

Sarah Strong, Bates College, "Whoever Said Springtime was for Blossom? Kokinshu Poetics, Ainu Orality, and Chiri Yukie's Preface to the Ainu Shin'yoshu"

3:20p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Theorization of Poetry and Narrative: Tradition and Modernity

Rein Raud, University of Helsinki, “Narrative and Poetic Progression: The Logic of Associativity"

Stephen D. Miller, University of Colorado, "Shinbutsu shugo and Medieval Poetics: Waka as Ritual in the Jingi-ka and Shakkyo-ka of the Senzaishu and Shinkokinshu"

Aiko Okamoto MacPhail, Indiana University, "From the Pages of Classics to the Fantastic Tales: Kyokutei Bakin and Seven Rules of Fiction"

Michael F. Marra, University of California, Los Angeles, "Worlds in Tension: Kuki Shuzo's (1888-1941) Poetry and Poetics"

5:00p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Keynote Address II

Mizuta Noriko, Josai International University, "Beyond Ie and Metropolis: Modern Japanese Women Poets' Imagination toward Outside"

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Reception at the home of Teresa and Eiji Sekine

Sunday, October 6

Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Politics of Literature: Reality, Literarism, and Nativism

Adam L. Kern, Harvard University, "Nativism and Far-Fetched Explanations (Kojitsuke)"

Dean Brink, Saint Martin's College, "Transforming the National Poetry: The Kokinshu 'Kana Preface' in Early Shintaishi"

Mike Sugimoto, University of Puget Sound, "Japanese Poeticity and Aestheticism; The Shi Shosetsu (詩)小説"

James Dorsey, Dartmouth College, "'Bungaku' 1946: The Reification of the Wartime Paradigm"

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Poetry Reading Concert

Yoshimasu Gozo, Josai International University, and Marilya Corbot Yoshimasu

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AJLS Publications

"Japan from Somewhere Else," PAJLS, vol. 3 (2002) is in the process of editing. The volume will be published in the fall of 2002. The following back issues are available: "Poetics of Japanese Literature" (1993), "Revisionism in Japanese Literary Studies" (1996), "New Historicism in Japanese Literary Studies" (1998), "Love and Sexuality in Japanese Literature" (1999), "Issues of Canonicity and Canon Formation in Japanese Literary Studies" (2000), and "Acts of Writing" (2001). Each issue can be purchased at the cost of $15 by non-members ($10 for members). Add $10 for Air Mail.

UCLA for 2003

Professor Michael F. Marra will chair our AJLS meeting for 2003 at UCLA. We are now calling for possible chair(s) to host our 2004 and later meetings. If you are interested, please contact Professor Ann Sherif: <> or 440.775.8827 (Tel).

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