American Literature/Culture in a Global Context

A Symposium Organized by the Nagoya University American Literature/Culture Society and Sponsored by the Graduate School of Languages and Cultures, Nagoya University

Wednesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 6, 2014
Room 406, North Wing, Liberal Arts and Sciences Building, Nagoya University
Map (B4-1 in the map)
Language: English
Admission free

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3/5 (Wed)

Opening Remark   (10:00 - 10:10)

Keynote lectures (10:15 - 12:15)

Prof. Yunte Huang (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Chinese Whispers”

Prof. Harry Stecopoulos (University of Iowa), “Indian Knives and Color Lines: Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, and the Jim Crow Raj”

Photo shoot (12:30 - 12:45)

Lunch break (12:45 - 14:00)

Session I  (14:00 - 15:30)
Chair: David Ramsey

Fumiko Takeno (Meijo University), “The Problem of Inheritance: Sculpture in The Marble Faun and Roderick Hudson

Chicako Matsushita (Nagoya University), “Hemingway’s Life in Cuba”

Saori Iwatsuka (Nagoya University), “Carson McCullers’s Internationalism in ‘The Sojourner’: Her Pacifism Reflected in John Ferris’s Views”

Session II (15:50 – 17:50)
Chair: Akitoshi Nagahata

Rie Kawabata (Nagoya University), “A Japanese Painter in Pearl S. Buck’s Command the Morning (1959)”

Atsuko Honda (Fukui University), “From Schoolboys to Japanese Americans: The Four Immigrants Manga by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama”

Mizuho Murayama (Aichi Prefectural University), “Language and Geography in Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker

Takashi Aso (Waseda University), “Communal, Transcommunal, Transpacific: Mapping Out Asian American Culture in the Early 21st Century”

Reception  (18:30 -- 20:30)
At Les Oeufs d’or
Roots Stone/La Maison Building, Yotsuya-dori 2-10, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya
Tel: 052-781-1237)
(Reservation required)

3/6 (Thu)

Session III (10:00 -- 12:00)
Chair: Tadashi Nagasawa

Yuri Shakouchi (Mie University), “Beatniks and the Global Consumer Culture in Mike Allred’s Madman

Atsushi Fujita (Aichi Gakuin University), “Can a Broadway Musical Be Thematically Global?: The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q

Kyoko Miwa (Toho University), “Ugly Betty Remaking the US”

Mark Weeks (Nagoya University), “Laurie Anderson’s Adventures in Otherness”

Session IV (13:30 -- 15:30)
Chair: Mark Weeks

Akitoshi Nagahata (Nagoya University), “Vietnamese Chefs in Alice’s Kitchen: Stein, Toklas and Indochina”

Hidetoshi Tomiyama (Meiji Gakuin University), “Wallace Stevens’ ‘The Nothing That Is, Like an Orb’”

Tadashi Nagasawa (Sugiyama University), “Development and Changes in the Representation of Japan in Popular Fiction after 1970s”

David Ramsey (Notre Dame Seishin University), “In the Hands of Others, Abroad: Catching ‘The Woman Who Fell from the Sky’”

Closing Remark


3/7 (Fri)

Excursion to Kyoto


Contact: Akitoshi Nagahata (; 052-789-4702)


(last updated: 2014.2.25)