"Walls" in Anglo-American Literature and Culture

A  symposium organized by the Nagoya University American Literature/Culture Society (in the Graduate School of Languages and Cultures, Nagoya University) and the Chukyo University Postcolonial/Tourism Research Group

Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12, 2017
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  3/11 (Sat)

Opening remarks   (10:00 - 10:10)

Arinori Mori (Chukyo University) and Akitoshi Nagahata (Nagoya University)

Session 1  (10:15 - 12:15)
Chair: Mark C. Weeks (Nagoya University)

1. Yoko Tsuchiya (Aichi Bunkyo University), "Between the Urban and the Country: Theodore Dreiser's American Pastoralism in A Hoosier Holiday"

2. Rie Kawabata (Mie University), "An Impaired Ear and Walls in People's Minds in The Living Reed: A Consideration of Disability and Cure"

3. Kyoko Kumai (Nagoya University), "The Wall as a Place for Hiding and Disclosing in From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler"

4. Akitoshi Nagahata (Nagoya University), "The Signs on the Invisible Wall: The Crying of Lot 49 as a Wall Novel"

Lunch break
(12:15 - 13:45)

Session 2 (13:45 - 15:45)
Aya Yatsugi (Matsuyama University)

1. Minae Hosokawa (Matsuyama University), "Piercing the Wall: Infection, Inoculation and Hybrids"

2. Andy Houwen (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University), "Doors in Walls: H.D.'s Trilogy (1942)"

3. Chris J. Armstrong (Chukyo University), "The Ramparts of Quebec: Bridging the Past in Robert Lepage's Le Confessionnal"

4. Alex Watson (Nagoya University), "'Literature of the Ruins': Breaking Down Walls in W. G. Sebald's On the Natural History of Destruction (1999) and Austerlitz (2001)"


Keynote lecture (16:05 - 17:05)

Professor Myles Chilton (Nihon University), "Big, Beautiful Walls: Literary Study in North America"

Presenter: Christopher J. Armstrong (Chukyo University)


Photo shoot (17:10 - 17:30)

Reception  (18:00 -- 20:00)
At “Kochab” (3-8 Yotsuya-dori, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya)
TEL: 052-782-5626
(Reservation required)

DAY TWO  3/12 (Sun)

Session 3 (10:30 - 12:30)
Chair: Kiyofumi Sugiura (Chukyo University)

1. Arinori Mori (Chukyo University), "What Lies Beneath: American Cultural and Social Trauma in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Cabin in the Wood"

2. Bunei Kohara (Kanazawa University),  "From the Repressed to the Real: The Psychological 'Wall' and Its Semantic Change in The Fog (1980) and The Mist (2007)"

3. Yuri Shakouchi (Toyohashi University of Technology), "A Fake 'Wall' between Retrospective Hipsters and Satire on Retro in Daniel Clowes's Caricature"

4. Chikako Matsushita (Nagoya University), "Transnationalizing Gay Games"

Lunch break (12:30 - 14:00)

Session 4 (14:00 -- 16:00)
Chair: Atsuko Honda (Fukui University)

1. Hideo Yanagisawa (Meijo University), "Hemingway's Wall: The Border between Life and Death"

2. Mark C. Weeks (Nagoya University), "Can Laughter Break through Walls of Belligerent Untruth?"

3. David Toohey (Nagoya University), "Reaffirming the Material Presence of Immigrants in the Shadow of the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall"

4. David S. Ramsey (Notre Dame Seishin University), "Forward to the Past: Cornelius Matthew's Behemoth: A Legend of the Mound-Builders and America’s First Great Wall"

Closing remarks

Mark C. Weeks (Nagoya University)



Contact: Akitoshi Nagahata (e43479a@cc.nagoya-u.ac.jp; 052-789-4702)
    Arinori Mori (moria@lets.chukyo-u.ac.jp)

(last updated: 2017.3.6)