CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 17, 2008 — Eiko Owada, professor of American literature at Waseda University in Tokyo, has been selected as the 2008 BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar at Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Faulkner Studies.
The announcement of the award was made jointly by Dr. Robert Hamblin, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, and Toshihiko Hirao, president of BioKyowa, Inc., of Cape Girardeau.
Owada, who has taught at Waseda University since 2004, completed her doctoral studies at the State University of New York at Albany. Her doctoral dissertation was subsequently published as a book, Faulkner, Haiti, and Questions of Imperialism, by Sairyu-sha Press of Tokyo.
Owada also has published more than 20 Faulkner articles in books and journals, and she has frequently presented papers at meetings of the William Faulkner Society of Japan, the Japanese Association of American Studies, the American Literature Society of Japan, and the English Literary Society of Japan.
At Southeast, Owada will utilize the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Faulkner materials to further her research on Faulkner’s treatment of race, ethnicity, post-colonialism, and globalization, particularly as those issues are mirrored in the novel Absalom, Absalom!.
Professor Owada is the 10th 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.