CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 30, 2012 — The Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University has announced the recipient of the 2012 BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar award.
Dr. Kazumi Shigesako, professor of English at Hijiyama University, will visit the Faulkner Center in September to conduct research in the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Faulkner materials. Shigesako also will deliver a public lecture and participate in other cultural exchanges during her visit to the Southeast campus.
Shigesako holds a doctoral degree in literature from Hiroshima University. She is co-editor of a book, Class in American Literature, and author of several entries in A Reader’s Encyclopedia of William Faulkner, published by the William Faulkner Society of Japan.
A member of the American Literature Society of Japan as well as the William Faulkner Society of Japan, Shigesako has published articles, translations and reviews in a number of scholarly journals, including 20 essays on Faulkner.
Shigesako’s visit to Southeast and Cape Girardeau will be co-hosted by Dr. Robert Hamblin, director of the Faulkner Center, and Toshihiko Hirao, president of BioKyowa, Inc. Her visit marks the 13th consecutive year BioKyowa has sponsored a Japanese scholar’s trip to the Faulkner Center.
“The Faulkner Center and our University are extremely grateful to Mr. Hirao and BioKyowa for their ongoing support of this program that adds so much to the academic and cultural life of our community,” Hamblin said.