2007 BioKyowa Visiting Scholar Named

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 6, 2007 — Mariko Hiwatashi, associate professor of the humanities faculty at Fukuoka University in Fukuoka City, Japan, has been chosen as the ninth annual BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar by Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Faulkner Studies.

Hiwatashi holds a bachelor’s degree from Saga University and a master’s degree from Hiroshima University.  She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation at the University of Mississippi on Faulkner’s racial and ethnic attitudes, with particular focus upon his visit to Japan in 1955.

Hiwatashi has published 20 articles on Faulkner and other American authors in both English language and Japanese journals.  She has received grants from the Japanese Ministry of Education to support previous visits to the University of Michigan and Ball State University.  

At Southeast, Hiwatashi will use the materials in the Louis Daniel Brodsky collection of William Faulkner materials.

Her November visit to the Faulkner Center is being sponsored by BioKyowa, Inc., and will be jointly hosted by Toshihiko Hirao, president of the company, and Dr. Robert Hamblin, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies.