NEWS FROM THE THOMAS HARDY SOCIETY OF JAPAN
Organized by President Norimitsu Ayuzawa (Prof. Tokyo Woman's Christian University)
Submitted by Sumiko Inoue (TTHA VP)


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The 46th Annual Meeting of the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan
at Gakushuin University, Toshima-ku, Tokyo invited by
Prof. Shoichi Matsushima. November 8, 2003

 

I. Two Research Papers were read chaired by Masaaki Asada (Ass. Prof. at Fukuoka Jogakuin University)

i."An Agent of Hardy's Fatalism: From Greek Tragedy through Darwinism",
by Beniko Imamura (Lecturer at Yokohama National University)

ii."Reading 'For Conscience's Sake'", by Naoko Funamizu (Lecturer at Tokyo Woman's Christian University)

II. The Symposium: Title: "Reading Hardy's Minor Novels", chaired by Tadao Fukuoka (Prof. at Kwansei Gakuin University)

i.. "Was Hardy a Realist?", by Tadao Fukuoka (Prof. at Kwansei Gakuin University)
ii.. "The Potentiality of Two on a Tower as a 'Minor Novel'" by Akihiko Niitsuma (Prof. at Rikkyo University)
iii. "Hardy and Melodrama", by Toru Sasaki (Ass. Prof.at Kyoto University)

III. Business Meeting was held chaired by Kyoko Nagamatsu (Ass. Prof. at Chuo
University)
. It was decided that the 47th Annual Meeting will be convened at Seinan Gakuin University invited by Yukio Kaneko (Ass. Prof. Seinan Gakuin University).

IV. Three Research Papers were read chaired by Shuji Awano (Prof. at Osaka Gakuin University)

i. "Ambiguous Placement of Protagonists: House, Memory, and Society" by
Shumpei Fukuhara (Ph.D Student at Tokyo Metropolitan University)
ii. "The Psychological Scenes in Far from the Madding Crowd" by Yoshiko Ito
(Ph.D Student at Osaka University)
iii. "Grace Melbury, 'Self-changing New Woman'" by Hiroshi Kitahori (Ph.D Student at Seitoku Univ)

V. Two Research Papers were read chaired by Yoshiko Takakuwa (Prof. Tsudajuku University)

i  "Perfect Beauty - A Study on Tess of the D'Urbervilles" by Junko Sugimura (Post-graduate student at Kyoto Prefectural University)
ii. "Doubt and Desire for Faith in Jude" by Takashi Inagaki (Lecturer at Kurume University)

VI. Invited Lecture was given chaired by Shigeyuki Oenoki (Prof. at Konan Women's University)

: "Reconsidering Hardy's Apology" by Suguru Fukasawa (Prof. at Chuo University)

 
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The 47th Annual Meeting will be convened at Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka Pref. on October 30.
 
The Bulletin of the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan. No.29. Published on September 25 by the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan(c/o Prof. S.Fukasawa, Chuo University, 742-1 Higashi-nakano, Hachioji, 192-0351, Japan). Coeditors: Norimitsu Ayuzawa, Suguru Fukasawa, Yukio Kaneko, Akihiko Niitsuma and Akira Tamai
 
 

 
 
NEWS FROM THE THOMAS HARDY SOCIETY OF JAPAN
Organized by President Suguru Fukasawa (Prof. at Chuo University)
Submitted by Sumiko Inoue (TTHA VP)

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The 45th Annual Meeting of the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan
 
at
Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture: invited by Prof. Tadao Fukuoka.
October 26, 2002
 

One hundred members throughout Japan participated in it.

I. Two Research Papers were read chaired by Masago Nasu (Prof. emeritus at Doshisha University)  as follows:
"Pastoral Transformation in The Woodlanders," by Yoshiko Ito (Post Graduate of Osaka University)
"Tess of the d'Urbervilles as a Story of a Traveller,"by Yukimi Fujita (Lecturer at Toyo University)
 
II. Special reports were given by three participants of the International Thomas Hardy Conference chaired by Suguru Fukasawa (Prof. at Chuo Univeristy)
1. The Fifteenth International Thomas Hardy Conference: A Report by Suguru Fukasawa (Prof. at Chuo Univeristy)
2. The Special Report of The Fifteenth International Thomas Hardy Conference by Akiko Asari (Lecturer at Okayama University)
3. The Difference between Maiden Castle in 2002 and the Stage of "A Tryst at an Ancient Earthwork" by Chizuko Watari  (Ass. Prof. at Kansai University of Foreign Language).                                

III. Business Meeting was held chaired by Kyoko Nagamatsu (Ass.Prof. at Chuo Univeristy) Suguru Fukasawa (Prof. at Chuo Univeristy) retired from the President of the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan, and Norimitsu Ayuzawa (Prof. at Tokyo Woman's Christian University) was elected. Sugura Fukasawa was elected the Executive Adviser of the Society.

IV. The Symposium: Title: "The Theme of the Return in The Return of the Native," Chaired by Norimitsu Ayuzawa (Prof. at Tokyo Woman's Christian University)
Panelists:
1. "'Appearance'" in The Return of the Native," by Shuji Awano (Ass. Prof. at Osaka Gakuin Univeristy)
2. "Clym's blindness: Some Effects of Hardy's Revisions to The Return of the Native," by Sanae Uehara (Ass. Prof. at Nagoya University)     
                          
V. Lecture was given chaired by Shigeru Fujita (Prof. at Kanazawa University)
Title: "Author's Voice: its Distance from the Text," by Haruhide Mori (Prof. at Kyoto Women's University)
 

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The 46th Annual Meeting is to be held at Gakushuin University, Tokyo on November 8, 2003.  

The Bulletin of the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan, No.28. Published on September 25, 2002 by The Thomas Hardy Society of Japan (c/o Prof. S.Fukasawa, Chuo University, 742-1 Higashi-nakano, Hachioji, 192-0351, Japan), Coeditors: Norimitsu Ayuzawa, Shigeru Fujita, Suguru Fukasawa, Hiroyuki Ide and Kiyoko Tsuda.


NEWS FROM THE THOMAS HARDY SOCIETY OF JAPAN
Organized by President Suguru Fukasawa (Prof. at Chuo University)
Submitted by Sumiko Inoue (TTHA VP)

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The 44th Annual Meeting of the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan
at
Chuo University, Tokyo:Invited by  Prof. Kensuke Morimatsu.
November 3, 2001
 

One hundred members throughout Japan participated.

Seven Research Papers were read, chaired by Akihiko Niizuma (Prof. at Rikkyo University), Shigeru Fujita (Prof. at Kanazawa University) and Tadao Fukuoka (Prof. at Kwanseigakuin University) as follows:

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  1. "A Pagan Spirit in Tess of the d'Urbervilles: an Essay on Angel's Religious Skepticism Influenced by Tess," by Yukinobu Satake (Hosei University Graduate School)

  2. "Hardy's view of Christianity and the Transfiguration of Diggory Venn, in The Return of the Native," by Takashi Inagaki (Kurume University Graduate School of Comparative Cultural Studies).

  3. "The Contrast Between Light and Shade in The Return of the Native," by Noriko Yano (Fukuoka Women's University Graduate School)

  4. "Stylistic Analysis and Interpretation in Thomas Hardy's Poetry," by Rie Suzuki (Lecturer at Azabu University)

  5. "Hardy's Quest for the Perfect World," by Hideki Taguchi (Lecturer at Meisei University)

  6. "The absurdity of Giles Winterborne in Hardy's The Woodlanders," by Miki Hattori (Kyoto University Graduate School)

  7. "The Invasion of Space in The Trumpet-Major,"by Kaori Tsuda (Lecturer at Kansai University).

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                       The Symposium: Title The Famous Tragedy of the Qween of Cornwall
Chaired by Kensuke Morimatsu (Professor at Chuo Univeristy)

Panelists:

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                         Poems Lecture: Title "A time there was : Musical Settings of Thomas Hardy's Poems," by Professor Graham Bradshaw.


NEWS FROM THE THOMAS HARDY SOCIETY OF JAPAN

Organized by President Suguru Fukasawa (Prof. at Chuo University)

Submitted by Sumiko Inoue (TTHA VP)

The 43rd Annual Meeting of The Thomas Hardy Society of Japan was held at Bukkyo University, Kyoto during October 27-28, 2000 invited by Prof. Tetsuwo Maekawa. One hundred members throughout Japan participated in it.

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Two Research Papers were read chaired by Masago Nasu (Prof. Emeritus at Doshisha University).

  1. Searching for "Time is Toothless" by Yukimitsu Namiki (Lecturer at Tokyo University of Sciences).
  2. Angel’s Intelligence v. Tess’s Self by Tetsuwo Maekawa (Prof. at Bukkyo University).

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The Symposium: Title "Hardy a la carte: New Aspects of Thomas Hardy Studies"

Panelists:

Takao Tomiyama (Prof. at Seijo University) : Problematics in Terms of Thomas Hardy Studies

Kumi Nagatomi (Associate Prof. at Tokyo Metropolitan University) : An Illegal or Legal Union in Hardy’s Novels

Yukiko Ishii (Lecturer at Fukuoka University) : Jude and Memory

Akira Tamai (Prof. at Osaka University) : J.Hillis Miller’s Readings of Thomas Hardy

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The Bulletin of the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan, No.26.
Published on September 25 by The Thomas Hardy Society of Japan

(c/o Prof. S.Fukasawa: Chuo University, 742-1 Higashi-nakano, Hachioji, 192-0351, Japan). Coeditors: Norimitsu Ayuzawa, Suguru Fukasawa, Sumiko Inoue, Yutaka Kurono and Masago Nasu.

The names of the nine writers and their titles are compiled in the TTHA Members' Research & Resource Archives


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NEWS FROM THE THOMAS HARDY SOCIETY OF JAPAN

Submitted by Sumiko Inoue (TTHA VP)
with Bulletin paper synopses by Rosemarie Morgan
November 15 1999

The 42nd Annual Meeting of The Thomas Hardy Society of Japan was held at Tokyo Women's University during October 29-30, 1999 organized by Yutaka Kurono. One hundred members throughout Japan participated in it.

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i) Seven research papers were read by Noriko Yano, Takashi Inagaki, Yukiko Ishii, Satoko Yoshino, Ken-ichi Tsuji, Kei Matsumoto and Jesse Glass. They dealed withThe Mayor of Casterbridge, The Woodlanders, Jude the Obscure, A Laodician, "To Please his Wife", "Hardy's Ghost" etc. chaired by Prof.Chiharu Kobayashi, Prof. Hideyuki Ide and Shizuko Tsuchiya respectively.

ii) A symposium on "Rhetoric and Outlook on the Universe in Far From the Madding Crowd, was held by Yukio Kaneko, Miho Nishimura and Itsuyo Shimizu chaired by Prof. Yoshitsugu Uchida.

iii) An invited lecture was given by Prof. Takeshi Onodera chaired by the President Prof. Suguru Fukasawa.

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At the business meeting chaired by Prof. Norimitsu Ayuzawa, it was decided that the 43rd Annual Meeting will be convened at Bukkyo University in Kyoto during October 27-28, 2000 invited by Prof. Tetsuwo Maekawa.

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The Bulletin of the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan. No.25. Published on September 25 by the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan (c/o Prof. S.Fukasawa, Chuo University, 742-1 Higashi-nakano, Hachioji, 192-0351, Japan). Coeditors: Norimitsu Ayuzawa, Suguru Fukasawa, Sumiko Inoue, Yutaka Kurono and Masago Nasu.

1. Junko Haneda, "Under the Greenwood Tree - The Life of Mellstock and a Character, Thomas Leaf - " p.1-16 Japanese with English summary.
--- synopsis: the protagonistic role and catalystic function of Thomas Leaf in UGT
 
2. Sanae Uehara, "Reading and Misreading Bathsheba: Hardy's Post-Cornhill Revisions to Far From the Madding Crowd. p.17-26 English
--- synopsis: authorial revisions to the characterisation of Bathsheba with inferred/implied issues of intentionality
 
3. Naoko Funamizu, "The Footnote in The Return of the Native", p.27-36. Japanese with English summary.
--- synopsis: defence of a "Happy Ending" unamended closure to RN in spite of Hardy's "Note."
 
4. Kaoruko Sakata, "The Ambiguity of the Literary Genre of The Woodlanders: The Possibility and the Limitation of Reading The Woodlanders as a Bildungsroman" p.37-56. Japanese with English summary.
--- synopsis: the indeterminacy of The Woodlanders as true Bildungsroman.
 
5. Shintetsu Kukunaga, "Paganistic Elements in Tess of the D'Urbervilles"
p.57-72.
English
--- synopsis: the interplay of Romance, Nature, Paganism and Folk-Culture in TD.
 
6. Kyoko Nomura, "Jude the Obscure: Hardy's View of Womanhood Projected onto 'Venus' " p.73-87. Japanese with English summary.
--- synopsis: theory of Hardy's projection of male viewpoint on to his characterisation of Sue Bridehead.
 
Chiharu Kobayashi, "The Meaning of the Added 'Note' in 'The Distracted Preacher' " p. 88-102. Japanese with English summary.
--- synopsis: historical and autobiographical contexts inherent in the"note"in "The Distracted Preacher."

NEWS FROM THE THOMAS HARDY SOCIETY OF JAPAN

The 41st Annual Meeting of The Thomas Hardy Society of Japan was held at Kinran College during October 23-24, 1998 organized by Sumiko Inoue. One hundred members throughout Japan participated in it.

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i) Two research papers were read by Naoko Funamizu and Sanae Uehara chaired by Prof.Masago Nasu.

ii) A forum titled "Hardy Conference, past and present" was held by participants of the 1998 Conference including Shin-ichi Nakata and Kaori Tsuda chaired by Prof. Oenoki.
 
iii) A symposium was held by Kazuko Takahashi, Hiroaki Kawaguchi and Kensuke Morimatsu and chaired by Prof. Suguru Fukasawa.

iv) An invited lecture was given by Prof. Masatoshi Ogino chaired by Prof Hiroyuki Ide.

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At the business meeting, President Prof. Suguru Fukasawa was re-elected the President for the next term. The 42nd Annual Meeting will be convened at Tokyo Women's University during October 29-30, 1999 invited by Prof. Yutaka Kurono.


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