2011 BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar to Present Lecture

by News Bureau on Friday, Sep. 02, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 2, 2011 — Professor Noboru Yamashita, the recipient of this year’s BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar award at Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Faulkner Studies, will present a lecture on Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner on Thursday, Sept. 8.

The lecture, “William Faulkner and Japanese Literature: Affinities and Parallels,” will be presented at 3:30 p.m. in the Reading Room of the third floor lounge in Kent Library. The event is free, and the public is invited.

Yamashita is currently professor of American literature and director of the University Library at Soai University in Osaka City, Japan. He is the author of several articles and books on Faulkner and American literature, including “Faulkner in the 1930s,” “Media and American Literature,” and “Introduction to 20th Century American Literature.” He also serves as the vice president of the William Faulkner Society of Japan.

Yamashita’s visit to the Center for Faulkner Studies is being sponsored by BioKyowa, Inc., a manufacturing plant in Cape Girardeau with headquarters in Japan. He is the 13th Japanese scholar brought by BioKyowa to the Southeast campus to conduct research in the University’s Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of Faulkner materials. His current research topic is Faulkner’s novel, “Go Down, Moses.”

Yamashita was a visiting scholar at the University of Mississippi in 1984-1985 and at the University of Virginia in 1995-1996.

Yamashita’s visit to the Southeast campus is being hosted by Dr. Robert Hamblin, the director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, and Toshihiko Hirao, the president of BioKyowa.