2006 Fall Lecture Series
Yasunari Kawabata
Snow Country
An assistant professor at Western Michigan University, where he directs the Japanese language program. He earned his Ph.D. at Ohio State University in Japanese literature (2004). He is the translator of From a Woman of a Distant Land: Poetry and Prose of Tada Chimako (Los Angeles: Green Integer Press, forthcoming) and the co-editor of the short story anthology Japan: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Berkeley: Whereabouts Press, 2006). Recently, he has translated a number of modernist short stroies for The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature, Critical Asian Studies, and Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly, and several more are forthcoming in Modanizumu in Japanese Liturature: An Introduction to Modernist Prose from Japan, 1914-1938 (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press), edited by William Tyler.
Jeffrey Angles
An Assistant Professor, Modern Language, DePaul University. She earned her Ph.D. in East Asian Language and Civilization at the University of Chicago in August of 2005 and wrote The War in Snow Country: Aesthetics of Empire, Politics of Literature, Struggle of Women as her dissertation. She has also written "In the Service of the Nation: Geisha and Kawabata Yasunari's Snow Country" in The Courtesan's Arts: Cross Cultural Prespectives, edited by Martha Feldman and Bonnie Gordon, (Oxford University Press, 2006.)
Miho Matsugu
An Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He earned his Ph.D. in East Asian Language and Civilization at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. His fields of specialization are modern Japanese liturature, language and culture; cross-cultural studies; translation; and film. He is responsible for editing and translating major parts of Modanizumu in Japanese Fiction: An Introduction to Modernist Prose from Japan, 1914-1938: twenty-five works by seventeen representative Japanese modernist authors, including eight not previously translated. This work is forthcoming from University of Hawaii Press.
William Tyler