CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 24, 2013 — The Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University has announced the selection of the 2013 BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar.
Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, professor of letters at Kyoto Prefectural University, where he has taught since 2007, is the recipient of the award. BioKyowa, Inc., a Cape Girardeau business with headquarters in Japan, sponsors the award.
The announcement was made by Dr. Christopher Rieger, associate professor of English and director of the Faulkner Center.
The BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar Program is designed to honor the special relationship that Faulkner developed with citizens of Japan during an official visit to the country on behalf of the U.S. Department of State in 1955. Since then, almost all of Faulkner’s works have been published in Japanese translations, and today there is a thriving interest in Faulkner’s works among Japanese readers and scholars.
While on the Southeast campus, Kanazawa will conduct research in the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Faulkner Materials. He also will deliver a public lecture, “A Legend of an Unknown Soldier: Faulkner’s ‘A Fable,’” on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. in Kent Library, Room 336.
Faulkner’s novel “A Fable,” which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1954, retells the Passion Week of Christ through the experiences of a French soldier in World War I.
Kanazawa’s visit to the Southeast campus will be hosted by Rieger and Tatsuya Ogawa, the president of BioKyowa.
Kanazawa holds bachelor of arts, master of arts and doctoral degrees in literature from Kyoto University. He is author of one book-length study of Faulkner, “Faulkner’s A Fable: Legacy of an Unknown Soldier,” as well as more than a dozen journal articles on the Nobel Prize-winning author.
Kanazawa’s most recent publication is a chapter on Eudora Welty in the book, “Aging Politics in American Literature,” published in 2012. He is an active participant in a number of professional organizations, including the William Faulkner Society of Japan, the American Literature Society of Japan and the Kyoto University English Society.