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

Newsletter 18

Twelfth Annual Meeting Program

Hermeneutical Strategies:
Methods of Interpretation in the Study of
Japanese Literature

November 21-23, 2003
University of California, Los Angeles
Organizer: Mechael F. Marra, UCLA

Sponsors: The Japan Foundation, Toshiba International Foundation, UCLA Center for Japanese Studies

The University of California, Los Angeles, will be hosting this year's Annual Meeting of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies. The conference will be held from November 21-23, 2003 at UCLA. In this conference presenters will analyze the nature of their daily critical endeavors, and will discuss issues related to the hermeneutical paths (past, present, and future) that have been, are, and will be guiding us in the discussion and interpretation of Japan's literary texts. Fifteen panels of presentations (our largest ever), together with four keynote addresses by Professors Fujita Masakatsu, Matsumura Yûji, William R. LaFleur, and Muroi Hisashi, will examine a variety of hermeneutical issues.

Friday, November 21, 2003

Registration/Coffee and Pastries

Welcoming Remarks
by Michael F. Marra

Panel 1--Feminist Theories, 1

"The Maternal Body as the Site of Ideological Contest: A Feminist Reading of Hirabayashi Taiko," Linda Flores, University of California, Los Angeles.

"The Rhetoric of Misogyny: Women Who 'Hate' Women and Other Feminist Problems in the Literature of Takahashi Takako," Julia Bullock, Stanford University.

"Japanese Female Writers Watch a Boy Being Beaten by His Father: Female Fantasy of Male Homosexuality, Psychoanalysis, and Sexuality," Kazumi Nagaike, University of British Columbia.

Discussant: Rebecca Copeland, Washington University in St. Louis.

Panel 2--Feminist Theories, 2

"Hirabayashi Taiko and the Future of Feminism," Marilyn Bolles, Montana State University-Bozeman.

"Outing Miyamoto Yuriko: The Hermeneutics of Sexual Identity," Sarah Pradt, Macalester College.

"How Housewives Shatter a Narrative: Tawada Yoko's The Bridegroom was a Dog," Robin Tierney, University of Iowa.

Panel 3--Postcolonial Theories

"Issues of Postcolonial Theories in Zainichi Literature," Yoshiko Matsuura, Purdue University.

"Zainichi Literature Through a Lacanian Gaze: The Case of Yi Yang Ji's Yuhi," Catherine Ryu, Michigan State University.

"Debating War Responsibility in Postwar Japanese Film Discourse," Michael Baskett, University of Oregon.

12:50-2:00 Lunch

Panel 4--Voices from the "Ikyô" (Foreign Space)

"Shôjo and Yamanba in Mori Mari's Literature," Hiromi Tsuchiya Dollase, Vassar College.

"A Female Modernist in Chaos (Gendered Place): Osaki Midori's Dainana Kankai Hôkô (Wandering Around the Seven Sensuous Worlds)," Eguro Kiyomi, Josai International University.

"Shinjuku as Ikyô': Hideo Levy's Seijôki no Kikoenai Heya (The Room in which the Sound of American Flag Cannot Be Heard), Satô Kôji, Josai International University.

Panel 5--Literary Interpretation and the Crises of Modernity: Cultural Criticism in Early Showa

"I Am A Revolutionary Cat: Proletarian Literature and Natsume Sôseki," Michael Bourdaghs, University of California, Los Angeles.

"The Fiction and Criticism of Sakaguchi Ango: The Rhetoric of Ambivalence," Oshino Takeshi, Hokkaidô University.

"'Irony' and Subjectivity in the Essays of Yasuda Yojûrô" Nosaka Akio, Oita Prefectural College of Arts & Culture.

Discussant: Miriam Silverberg, University of California, Los Angeles.

Panel 6--Cultural Criticism in Early Shôwa, 2

"Shinseinen, the Contract and Vernacular Modernism," Kyoko Oimori, Hamilton College.

"Miyazawa Kenji and the Ethics of Scientific Realism," Gregory Golley, University of Chicago.

"The Problem of Aesthetics in Nishida Kitarô," Matteo Cestari, University of Turin.

Keynote Speaker
Fujita Masakatsu
, University of Kyoto, "西田幾多郎の哲学と日本語 (Nishida Kitarô's Philosophy and Japanese Language)" (in Japanese)

7:00-9:00 Dinner

Saturday, November 22, 2003

8:00-8:30 Coffee and Pastries

8:30-9:45 Panel 7--The Author, Intertextuality, and Narratology

"What if the Author was Never God?: Some Thoughts on Kawabata, texts and Criticism," Matthew Mizenko, Ursinus College.

"The Author, the Reader, and Japanese Literary Texts: Returning Poststructuralist Intertextuality to its Dialogic Roots," Timothy J. Van Compernolle, College of William and Mary.

"Materializing Narratology: The Case of Kanai Mieko," Atsuko Sakaki, University of Toronto.

Panel 8--Wa-kan Dialectic and the Field of Poetics

"Prefaces as Sino-Japanese Interfaces: Towards an Intracultural Poetics of Early Japanese Literature," Wiebke Denecke, Harvard University.

"Pictured Landscapes: Heian Gardens and Poetic Imagination," Ivo Smits, Leiden University.

"Beyond Wa-kan: In Search of Sharper Tools for Narrating Reception," Jason P. Webb, Princeton University.

Panel 9--Re-Interpreting the Classics

"Beyond Our Grasp? Materiality, Meta-genre and Meaning in the Po(e)ttery of Rengetsu-ni," Sayumi Takahashi, University of Pennsylvania.

"Heteronormativity and the Politics of the Writing Subject: Zeami and the Legitimation of Popular Literature," Joe Parker, Pitzer College.

"Staging the Spectacular: Kabuki, Shunga, and the Semiotics of Excess," David Pollack, University of Rochester.

"The Role of Heian Intertexts in the Recuperation of Lyrical Acuity in Tawara Machi's Late Capitalist Tanka," Dean Brink, Saint Martin's College.

12:35-1:45 Lunch

Keynote Speaker
Matsumura Yûji
, Kokubungaku Kenkyû Shiryôkan (National Institute of Japanese Literature), "本歌取りの位置—剽窃とオリジナリテイの間 (The Position of Allusive Variation: Between Plagiarism and Originality)" (in Japanese)

Panel 10--Strategies in Reading Tropes: The Hermeneutics of Medieval Language and Poetry

"Excluded Middles: Grammar vs. Rhetoric vs. Esthetic in the Medieval Hermeneutics of Canonical Waka," Lewis Cook, Queens College, CUNY.

"Whether Birds or Monkeys: Names, Reference and the Interpretation of Waka," Gian Piero Persiani, Columbia University.

"Dramatizing Figures: the Revitalization and Expansion of Metaphors in Nô," Akiko Takeuchi, Columbia University.

Discussant: Haruo Shirane, Columbia University.

Panel 11--Literature on Literature: Hermeneutical Subtexts in Anthologies and Fiction

"Compilation as Commentary: The Two Imperial Anthologies of Nijô Tameyo," Stefania Burk, University of Virginia.

"Little Atsumori and The Tale of The Heike: Fiction as Commentary, and the Significance of a Name," R. Keller Kimbrough, Colby College.

"Genji Goes to China: The Tale of Hamamatsu and Murasaki's Substitutes," Charo D'Etcheverry, University of Wisconsin.

Discussant: H. Richard Okada, Princeton University.

Panel 12--Constructing the Alternative Text: Commentaries in Late Medieval and Early Modern Japan.

"Accessorizing the Text: The Role of Commentary in the Creation of Readers," Linda H. Chance, University of Pennsylvania.

"The Context and Structure of Neo-Confucian Commentary: The Case of Minagawa Kien," W. J. Boot, Leiden University.

"In Search of the Absolute Origin: Ogyû Sorai (1666-1728) or the Shadow of the Ancients," Aiko Okamoto MacPhail, Indiana University.

Discussant: Mark Meli, Kansai University.

Keynote Speaker
William R. LaFleur
, University of Pennsylvania, "Good Karma, Bad Karma, Words, and Deeds"

8:00-10:00 Dinner (hosted by Fred G. Notehelfer, Director, UCLA Center for Japanese Studies)

Sunday, November 23, 2003

8:00-8:30 Coffee and Pastries

Panel 13--How to Discuss Artistic Inspiration: New Methodologies on Studying Modern Japan

"The Uses and Abuses of History for Butô-writing: The Literary Activities of Hijikata Tatsumi," Bruce Baird, University of Pennsylvania.

"Japanese Detective Fiction and the Question of Authenticity: Discussing Intercultural Influences," Sari Kawana, University of Pennsylvania.

"Writing the Political not Just the Personal in Tamura's Showa Period Fiction," Anne Sokolsky, University of Southern California.

Discussant: Alan Tansman, University of California, Berkeley.

Keynote Speaker
Muroi Hisashi
, Yokohama National University, "Problems of Interpretation in the Age of Database"

Panel 14--The Ins and Outs of Publishing: Plumbing Archives for Japanese Literary Histories

"In Search of the Japanese Novel in Nineteenth-Century America: Book History and the New Literary Hermeneutics," Jonathan Zwicker, University of Michigan.

"Archiving the Forbidden: War Responsibilities and Censored Literature," Jonathan Abel, Princeton University.

Panel 15--Art and Psychoanalysis

"The Historical Horizons of True Art: Kafû and Okakura at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair," Miya Lippit, Getty Center.

"Psyche as Soma: Four Modern Japanese Texts," Andra Alvis, Indiana University.

"Konaka's Mirror Stage: Alice, Anime, and the End of Psychoanalysis," Margherita Long, University of California, Riverside.

Closing Remarks
by Michael F. Marra

Pre-Registration form is required to be mailed to the UCLA conference office. For details, see the attached registration form.

LODGINGS: A block of rooms are held at the Holiday Inn, 170 N. Church Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90094 Tel. (310) 476-6411 Fax: (310) 472-1157 Email: Web site: Single and double rooms are $95.00. You need to identify yourselves as being with the UCLA group of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies. The cut-off date for reservations is October 30, 2003.

Visit the conference website: or contact Professor Michael F. Marra, Conference Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, 290 Royce Hall 154003, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1540;; Tel: (310) 794-8941; Fax: (310) 825-

AJLS 2003 Registration Form

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"Japan from Somewhere Else," PAJLS, vol. 3 (Summer, 2002; vi + 158 pp.) has been published. Tables of content of this issue and other back is-sues are available at the AJLS website: Inquiries about the AJLS activities should be sent to: AJLS, 640 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2039, USA. Each issue can be purchased at the cost of $15 by non-members ($10 for members). Add $10 for air mail.

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