Biokyowa Visiting Scholar to Visit Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 23, 2005 — Professor Takako Tanaka, professor of English at Nagoya City University, has been chosen as the seventh annual BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar by Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Faulkner Studies.

Tanaka, who holds a doctoral degree from Lehigh University and has been a visiting fellow at Johns Hopkins University, is the author of A Study of Faulkner’s Fiction: Body and Language, published in Tokyo in 2002.  She also has authored more than 20 articles on Faulkner appearing in both Japanese and English journals.

A member of the executive board of the William Faulkner Society of Japan, Tanaka has presented numerous papers at the annual meetings of the American Literature Society of Japan, and she has been awarded a research grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education.

During her two-week visit to Southeast, beginning Aug. 29, Tanaka will use the materials in the Louis Daniel Brodsky Faulkner Collection to study Faulkner’s use of aviation and aviators in his early poetry and novels.

Her visit to the Faulkner Center is being sponsored by BioKyowa, Inc., and will be jointly hosted by Terumi Okada and Kohta Fujiwara, the current and retiring presidents of the company; and by Dr. Robert Hamblin, the director of the Center for Faulkner Studies.