Association for Japanese Literary Studies School of Languages and Cultures

Newsletter 8

Seventh Annual Meeting Program

Love and Sexuality
in Japanese Literature
November 6-8, 1998
Purdue University

This year's conference will highlight the issues of love and sexuality in Japanese literature from various points of view. We will have a three-day meeting with a number of panel participants, including quite a few from outside the United States. Our special thanks go to Professors Inaga Shigemi and Saeki Junko, who have agreed to present the keynote lectures. Please take a look at the conference program and related information, announced in this issue, and plan to attend the meeting.

Registration

Registration fee is $30, which includes a reception on Saturday evening at the home of the conference chair. For a registration form, contact Barbara Meyer, Conference Coordinator.

Hotel

A block of rooms is reserved at the Purdue Memorial Union Club Hotel. A room with two double-beds is $82 for one person, $92 for two, $96 for three, and $104 for four people; and the double bed and twin room is $65 for one person, $71 for two, and $78 for three people. The hotel is located on campus, at the corner of State and Grant Streets, within walking distance from the conference sites. For reservations, call 800.320.6291 or 765.494.8900. Identify yourselves as attendees of the Japanese Literature Conference (ref. 400702).

Travel

Air travelers can either come to the Purdue Airport in West Lafayette or to Indianapolis and take a shuttle bus that will drop you in front of the Union Club Hotel. 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 Union. Fare is $19 for one way and $33 for round trip. For reservations, call 765.497.3828 or FAX 765.497.4106.

Travelers by ground have access to the city by I-65; exit at Indiana 26 West, which will take you to the Hotel (26 turns into State St. after passing the bridge that divides Lafayette and West Lafayette).

More Information

For registration information contact:

Barbara B. Meyer, Conference Coordinator
Division of Conference
Purdue University
1586 Stewart Center, Room 116
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1586
Phone: 765.494.7221
Fax: 765.494.0567
E-mail: bbmeyer@CEA.purdue.edu

For conference content information contact:

Eiji Sekine, Conference Chair
Phone: 765.496.2258
Fax: 765. 496.1700
E-mail: esekine@purdue.edu


Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity university.

LOVE AND SEXUALITY IN JAPANESE LITERATURE Sponsored by:

Northeast Asia Council (AAS) and Purdue University (School of Languages and Cultures, School of Liberal Arts Dean's Office, Asian Studies Program, and Division of Conferences)

Friday, November 6 (Stewart Center 202)

8:45 a.m.

WELCOMING REMARKS

----- Sidney Pellissier, Assistant Head, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University

9 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

LOVE AND DESIRE IN HEIAN COURT LITERATURE

Love and Sexuality in Heian Texts: Productive and Non-Productive Sex ----- Kimura Saeko, Tokyo University

Manufacturing Desire in the "Tamakazura" Chapters ----- Lili Selden, University of Michigan

Psychological Pressure as a Courtship Strategy ----- Margaret Childs, University of Kansas

The Lover's Subject: Its Construction and Relativisation in the Waka Poetry of the Heian Period ----- Rein Raud, University of Helsinki, Estonia

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Confession and Exposure: Nagasawa Mitsuo's Adult Video Actresses and Japan's Male Intellectual Consciousness ----- Inaga Shigemi, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Japan

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

VISIONS OF SEXUALITY IN CLASSICAL THEATER AND VISUAL TEXTS

Mythology, the Marginalized Female Body and Buddhist Love Dialogues in Late-Medieval Performance Genres ----- Todd Squires, Ohio State University

Sukeroku yukarino Edo zakura: Eroticism as Performance ----- Harue Tsutsumi, Indiana University

Torn Between Two Lovers: Bisexuality in Edo Comic Fiction ----- Adam L. Kern, University of Washington

3:10 p.m.- 4:40 p.m.

SNOW COUNTRY AND CAPITALISM:

The Production of Traditional Labor and Love in Snow Country ----- Miho Matsugu, University of Chicago

Cinematic Experience in Snow Country: Novel and Film ----- Chris Perrius, University of Chicago

Laborers of Love in Snow Country: The Fantasy of Capitalism ----- Heather Bowen-Struyk, University of Michigan

Discussant ----- Matthew Mizenko, Haverford College

4:50 p.m. - 6:40 p.m.

GENDER, VIOLENCE, AND NATIONAL IDENTITY

Love, Hate, and Sexuality in the Erotic-Gothic-Nonsense ----- Mark Driscoll, University of Michigan

A Dark Princess from Thailand in Mishima's The Temple of Dawn ----- Ryoko Otomo, Monash University, Australia

The Ideology of Rebellion and Anti-Social Sex in Oe and Oshima ----- Craig J. Luchsinger, University of Chicago

Butoµ, Gender, and the Supposed Return to Japan ----- Bruce Baird, University of Pennsylvania

Saturday, November 7 (Liberal Arts and Education Bldg. 2290)

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

TEXTUALIZATION OF LOVE AND SEXUALITY IN MEIJI LITERATURE

Ren'ai: The Politics of Eros in the Writings of Kitamura Toµkoku ----- Michael C. Brownstein, University of Notre Dame

Sex and the Lady Translator ----- Rebecca Copeland, Washington University, Saint-Louis

Love as Literary Construct: Erotic Tropes in the Poetry of Akiko, Hiroshi, and Tomiko ----- Leith D. Morton, University of Newcastle, Australia

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

RECONSTRUCTION AND DECONSTRUCTION OF FEMININITY IN MODERN TEXTS

A Golden Needle, A Rabbit's Tail, Mice, and the Destiny of Female Body Fat ----- Catherine Ryu, University of Michigan

A Game of Sexuality: Kinugasa Teinosuke's Film, Gate of Hell ----- Tamae Prindle, Colby College

Tracing the Body of the Question Mark: Kanai Mieko's Ai aru kagiri ----- Mary A. Knighton, University of California, Berkeley

Curing Up Tight: Patterns of Regression in the Fiction of Tsushima Yuµko ----- Eve Zimmerman, Boston University

1:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

CONTEMPORARY MALE SEXUALITY AND (META-) (HYPER-) REALITY

The Body of Postwar Literature: Tamura Taijiroµ's Nikutai bungaku ----- Doug Slaymaker, University of Kentucky

Penisism and the Eternal Hole: Takahashi Mutsuo's Homeuta ----- Jeffrey Angles, Ohio State University

Love and Eros in the Christianity of Shuµsaku Endoµ ----- Takao Hagiwara, Case Western Reserve University

Cyborg Sexualities, Cinematic Bodies, and Japanese Colonial Histories in Murakami Haruki's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle ----- Livia Monnet, University of Montreal, Canada

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

EROS IN TANIZAKI'S WRITINGS

Figuring Male-Male Eros in Tanizaki's Ashikari ----- Margherita Long, SUNY, Buffalo

Triangulating the Voyeur ----- Jean Yamasaki Toyama, University of Hawaii, Manoa

The Years of Living Dangerously: Life and Love in Tanizaki's Fiction of 1928-30 ----- Phyllis I. Lyons, Northwestern University

5:10 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Love and Sexuality in Tanizaki Jun'ichiroµ -----Saeki Junko, Tezukayama Gakuin University, Japan

7 p.m.

RECEPTION

633 Owen Street, Lafayette (at the home of Eiji and Teresa Sekine)

Sunday, November 8 (Liberal Arts and Education Bldg. 2290)

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

MYTH OF THE MOTHER AND MODERN WOMEN WRITERS

A Mother's Love: Kishimo and Re-Writing of a Male-Authored Myth ----- Charlotte Eubanks, Indiana University

Man-Eaters: Women Writers and the Appropriation of the Yamauba Motif ----- S. Yumiko Hulvey, University of Florida

Mothers and Sexual Agency in Three Works by Enchi Fumiko ----- Barbara Hartley, Central Queensland University, Australia

10:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

LESBIANISM, POPULAR CULTURE, AND WOMEN READERS

Sisters and Lovers: Women Magazine Readers and Sexuality in Yoshiya Nobuko's Romance Fiction ----- Sarah Frederick, University of Chicago

Broken Pasts, Uncomfortable Presents: Tales of Yuµ Miri and "Comfort Women" ----- Melissa Wender, University of Chicago

Female Gender and Father's Abuse: On the Construction of Femininity in Contemporary Japanese Women's Writings ----- Yokota-Murakami Takayuki, Osaka University, Japan

Sexuality, Love, and Queer Studies: Reading of Matsuura Rieko's Oyayubi P no shugyoµ jidai ----Nakagawa Shigemi, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

New PMAJLS to be Published

"New Historicism in Japanese Literary Studies," PMAJLS, vol. 4, will be published soon from the University of Michigan. This volume examines, from a variety of perspectives, the relationship between literary production and its socio-historical contexts. It includes the following contributors: Karatani Koµjin (keynote address), Komori Yoµichi (keynote address), Takao Hagiwara, Stephanie DeBoer, Michele F. Marra, Nina Cornyetz, Steven T. Brown, Margaret H. Childs, Kimura Saeko, Handa Atsuko, David Rosenfeld, Lynne K. Miyake, Tsurusaki Hiroo, Sarah M. Strong, Richie Sakakibara, Kawazoe Fusae, Heather Bowen-Struyk, James Dorsey, John Timothy Wixted, Hosea Hirata, Ann Sherif, Itoµ Moriyuki, Atsuko Ueda, James Reichert, Atsuko Sakaki, and Mizumura Minae.

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

University of Colorado for 1999

Next year's annual meeting will be held at the University of Colorado and chaired by Professor Stephen Miller. We have host institutions in line through the year 2002: University of Notre Dame for 2000 (Professor Eileen Mikals-Adachi, Chair), Columbia University for 2001 (Professor Haruo Shirane, Chair), and Washington University-St. Louis for 2002 (Professors Marvin Marcus and Rebecca Copeland, Co-Chairs).

Membership

The association's membership provides:

  • privilege of panel participation for the 1999 meeting (if your proposal is selected)
  • two newsletters
  • a copy of the 1998 proceedings, PMAJLS, vol. 5 (Summer, 1999)
  • 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 MAJLS) to the MAJLS address. All annual meeting panel participants must become a member in order to present.

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