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[SPECIAL EALL TALK EVENT] “New Directions in Japanese Literary Studies,” Th 3/24, 9a-4:30p, Moore 258

An International Conference on New Directions in Japanese Literary Studies: Celebrating Ken Ito’s Mentorship

Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Moore Hall, Room 258

1890 East-West Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822

Opening Remarks by Gay Satsuma (Associate Director, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Hawaii)

9:00-10:40:  Representing “Intimacy”

Jim Reichert (Stanford University), “Fetish as Remediation in Tanizaki Jun’ichiro’s The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi

Hoyt Long (University of Chicago), “Voice Mail: Modeling Intimacy in Meiji Letters”

Sharalyn Orbaugh (University of British Columbia), “What’s omoi got to do with it?”

Ken Ito (University of Hawaii), “Three Readings of Kokoro

Coffee Break

11:00-12:30: Reading Representations

Brian Dowdle (University of Montana), “Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: UkigumoEight Dogs, and the Character of Modern Japanese Literature”

Atsuko Ueda (Princeton University), “Tropes of Racialization in Natsume Sōseki”

Tim Van Compernolle (Amherst College), “Representing Reading in Japanese Cinema of the 1930s”

Ann Sherif (Oberlin College), “Melodrama: Mothers and Children After War”


1:30-2:45 Images of Minorities and Their Histories

Catherine Ryu (Michigan State University), “Language as a Space of ‘Home’: Reading Kim Sijong’s ‘Song of Clementine’”

Alex Bates (Dickinson University), “Historical Trauma and Xenophobia in Fukazawa Ushio’s Green and Red (Midori to Aka)”

Patricia Welch (Hofstra University), “A Tale of Two Cities: Parasitical interdependence in Kurosawa Akira’s High and Low and Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite

Coffee Break

3:15-4:30 Figuring Women

Francesca Pizarro (University of Hawaii), “Schoolgirl Spotting in Mushakōji Saneatsu’s Omedetaki hito

Heather Bowen-Struyk (De Paul University), “Properly Proletarian Pride and Prejudice?: Nogami Yaeko’s Machiko

Richi Sakakibara (Waseda University), “Politics of Sexuality: Representations of Borders in Ri Kotomi’s Novels”

Closing Remarks by Ken Ito (University of Hawaii)

We need to keep a headcount of the attendees for Covid related protocols, in addition to preparing enough refreshments. Please respond to with the following information by March 8.

Because this will be an in-person event that will include non-UH personnel, it might be a good idea to also paste in the college’s note on COVID-19 protocols:

Visiting the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus (College of Arts, Languages & Letters)

All campus visitors are required to be vaccinated, and be approved daily by the LumiSight UH health check app for a “You may report to campus” all clear status with the current date.

Lumisight UH instructions:

●     Your vaccination information must have been uploaded and verified on the LumiSight UH app

●     AND you must have cleared the daily health screening for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure

Please review the University of Hawaiʻi COVID-19 guidelines and University of Hawaiʻi COVID-19 campus guidelines before and during your stay.