American Literature and Culture
at the Crossroads of Race and Gender

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

Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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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DAY ONE  3/23 (Mon)

Opening Remarks   (10:30 - 10:40)

Keynote lecture (10:45 - 11:45)

Prof. Yu-Fang Cho (Miami University of Ohio), “Reading Race and Gender in America’s Asia beyond Multiculturalism”

Presenter: Takashi Aso (Waseda University)

Photo shoot (12:00 - 12:15)

Lunch break (12:15 - 13:30)

Session I
 (13:30 - 15:30)
Chair: Mark Weeks (Nagoya University)

Rie Kawabata (Nagoya University*), “The Time Is Noon and The Good Earth: Turmoil and Achievement of Pearl S. Buck in Raising Her Child with a Disability”

Daichi Sugai (Nagoya University*), “The Silent Japanese Woman in Richard Brautigan’s Sombrero Fallout

Rie Koike (Tokoha University), “WIFE as a Cultural Construct: Place and Position in Bharati Mukherjee’s Wife

Takashi Aso (Waseda University), “Pop Music and the Asian American Movement”

Session II (15:50 – 17:50)
Chair: David S. Ramsey (Notre Dame Seishin University)

Saori Iwatsuka (Nagoya University*), ”Black Music vs. Classical Music in Carson McCullers’s Clock without Hands

Shota Yamabe (Kanto Gakuin University), “Neither Objective nor Existential: The Effect of Passivity in the Narratives of the War Victims”

Hideo Yanagisawa (Meijo University), “Frederic Henry’s Alliance: The US-Japan Imperialistic Conflict in A Farewell to Arms

David Toohey (Nagoya University), “Migration, Immigration and Ecology in Jack Kerouac’s Book Dharma Bums and Gary Snyder’s Poetry”

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)

DAY TWO  3/24 (Tue)

Session III (10:30 -- 12:00)
Chair: Atsuko Honda (Fukui University)

Yoko Tsuchiya (Aichi Bunkyo University), “Theodore Dreiser’s Criticism of Active Women in His Short Stories”

Kyoko Miwa (Toho University), “Palladian Horror in Edith Wharton’s Early Short Fiction”

Jane Joritz-Nakagawa (poet), “All Dolled Up: Sylvia Plath and the Madness of Gender ‘Norms’”

Lunch break (12:00 - 13:30)

Session IV (13:30 -- 15:00)
Chair: Arinori Mori (Chukyo University)

Hiromi Furutani (Nagoya University*), “Dress, Body and Gender Performance in The Sun Also Rises

Mahomi Sasaki (Nagoya University*), “Animal Gaze in The Birds and JAWS

Chikako Matsushita (Nagoya University), “Across Gender, Across Species”

Session V (15:20 – 16:50)
Chair: Tadashi Nagasawa (Sugiyama University)

Takaomi Konoki (Gifu College of Nursing), “Accepting the ‘Defeat’:  Robert Penn Warren’s Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce

Mark Weeks (Nagoya University), “Play across Time, Space and Bodies in Laurie Anderson’s ‘Mach 20’”

David S. Ramsey (Notre Dame Seishin University), “Monstrous Representation: Subalternity, Race Politics, and American Cultural Revisionism”

(* indicates the speaker is a graduate student.)

Closing Remarks



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


(last updated: 2015.2.20)