CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 4, 2009 — Hironori Hayase, professor of English at Saga University, has been selected as the 2009 BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar at Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Faulkner Studies.
The announcement of the award was made jointly by Robert Hamblin, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, and Toshihiko Hirao, president of BioKyowa, Inc., of Cape Girardeau.
Hayase, who has taught at Saga University since 1984, completed his doctoral studies in American literature at Hiroshima University. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Virginia and a British Council Research Fellow at the University of Reading, Great Britain.
Hayase has edited four books on American literature, including Pictorialism in American Literature and Class in American Literature, and published more than 70 articles in scholarly books and journals, focusing especially upon the works of Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway.
A member of several professional organizations, Hayase is the director general of the Kyushu American Literature Society and a member of the executive committee of the International Summer Seminar in American Studies in Nagoya.
At Southeast, Hayase will utilize the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Faulkner materials and other resources of the Faulkner Center to further his research on Faulkner’s treatment of Indians, particularly the Faulkner works that link to the forced migration of the Indians along the Trail of Tears. He will also deliver a public lecture on some aspect of American or Japanese literature.
Hayase is the eleventh Japanese scholar to visit the Faulkner Center under the sponsorship of BioKyowa. The award celebrates and builds upon Faulkner’s cultural exchange visit to Japan in 1955.