Seventh Annual Meeting
LOVE AND SEXUALITY IN JAPANESE LITERATURE
November 6-8, 1998 Purdue University
Call for Papers
The Midwest Association for Japanese Literary Studies will hold its seventh annual conference November 6-8, 1998, at Purdue University-West Lafayette. This year, the conference will focus on the theme LOVE AND SEXUALITY IN JAPANESE LITERATURE. We invite paper and panel proposals that examine these issues which thematically permeate all aspects of Japanese literature throughout its history. Possible topics would include: examinations of traditional notions of love and sexuality associated with terms such as "koi" and "irogonomi" in Heian court literature; "tsuµ" and "iki" in Edo literature; examinations of eroticism and erotic other in both classical and modern texts; questions related to the politics of sexuality in conjunction with the construction of self, gender, and national identities, in conjunction also with family, mother, and father; questions pertaining to the issues of body and visuality in texts, in particular, in film, theater, manga, etc.; and questions in terms of our theme's religious, mythological, aesthetic, and ethical implications. This theme would also invite examinations and applications of a variety of theoretical approaches including psychoanalysis, semiotics, feminism, queer theory, deconstructive reading, new historicism, and others. Interdisciplinary and comparative literary/cultural approaches are strongly sollicited as well. We also invite participants for a pedagogy forum on the teaching of Japanese literature with an emphasis on love, sexuality, and other related topics.
Deadline for Paper/Panel Proposals: May 15, 1998
A 1-2 page proposal, together with the form in this newsletter, should be sent to the Conference Chair. All inquiries related to the call for papers, as well as the annual meeting, should also be addressed to him. Please note that he will be at Rikkyo University in Tokyo from February through July, 1998: Correspondence during that period should be addressed to the following address:
Eiji Sekine, Conference Chair
Visiting Research Fellow, Japanese Literature Department, Rikkyo University
3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
Tokyo, JAPAN 171
1997 Meeting Report
The "New Historicism" conference was held at the University of Michigan on October 24-26, 1997. A wide range of papers were presented so as to reexamine literary production in relationship with its socio-historical contexts. Professors Karatani Koµjin presented his keynote address in which he examined, in a thought-provoking fashion, the hybridity of Japanese script as an ambiguous system of values/powers. Professor Komori Yoµichi also provided a stimulating keynote speech in which he discussed the issue of war responsibility among literary intellectuals within the current historical context. Besides the keynote speakers, we had 26 panel presenters, including 5 invited speakers from Japan (Professors Tsurusaki Hiroo, Kawazoe Fusae, Suzuki Jun, Itoµ Moriyuki, and author, Mizumura Minae). The three-day meeting was dynamic, insightful, and informative. A thoroughly prepared organization of the meeting by Professor Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen and her staff members was truly appreciated by all conference participants and audience members.
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Edited by Roger Thomas and published in 1993: vi + 207p. Includes keynote addresses by Kawamoto Koµji and Watanabe Kenji, and nine more essays, plus the round table discussion report.
Edited by Eiji Sekine and published in 1994: vi + 133p. Includes a keynote address by Mizuta Noriko and eleven more essays.
PMAJLS, vol.1, edited by Eiji Sekine and published in 1995: v + 218 p. Includes a keynote address by Donald Richie and eleven other essays, plus a report on the round table discussion.
PMAJLS, vol. 2, edited by Eiji Sekine and published in 1996: vi + 336p. Includes a keynote address by Earl Miner, major address by Takahashi Toµru and ten other essays, plus commentaries by panel discussants.
PMAJLS, vol.3, edited by Eiji Sekine and published in 1997: vii + 458p. Includes a keynote address by Ueno Chizuko, major addresses by Watanabe Kenji, Ibi Takashi, and Kigoshi Osamu, and ninteen other essays.
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LOVE AND SEXUALITY IN JAPANESE LITERATURE
DEADLINE: MAY 15, 1998
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Please attach a 1-2 page proposal to this form and send to Eiji Sekine, Japanese Literature Department, Rikkyo University, 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 171.