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Koji KOTANI Last modified date:2017.05.26



Graduate School


E-Mail
Phone
092-802-5714
Fax
092-802-5714
Academic Degree
Master of Arts
Field of Specialization
American literature; American Southern Cultural History
Outline Activities
reserach:
(1) a study of the cultural self-image of the American South in several litery works in the early 1940s

(2) a study of the continuity and transformation of the cultural self-image of the American South in the literature during the Southern Renaissance period

(3) a cultural-historical study of the biographies written by several Southern Agrarians

(4) a cultural-historical study of autobiographical writing and the self-formation of the African-American


education:
(1) I have 4 English classes for freshmen and/or sophomores a semester at the Faculty of Languages and Cultures. The purpose is to enhance the student's abilities in the four aspects of English: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The main focus is placed on reading and writing in my classes.

(2) I have several classes for graduate students at the Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies. The main purpose is to help my students to study various problems concerning the socio-linguistic aspects of inter-cultural communication through close reading of literary texts in the U.S.


social activities:
(1) lecturer at the University of the Air in 2000
(2) lecturer of a public lecture at Kyushu University in 2008
(3) several participations in discussions about English education with highschool teachers
Research
Research Interests
  • American Southern Literature and the Homeland Discourse
    keyword : American southern literature, homeland discourse, Southern Agrarians, the New South Movement
    2016.04~2018.03.
  • A study of the cultural self-image of the American South in several literary works in the ealry 1940s
    keyword : William Alexander Percy, James Agee, Wiiiam Faulkner, Zora Neal Hurston
    2012.04.
  • A Study of the Continuity and Transformation of the Self-representations of the American South in the Southern Literary Renaissance
    keyword : Southern Renaissance, William Faulkner, Southern Agrarians, Wilber J. Cash
    2009.04~2011.03A study of the continuity and transformation of the cultural self-image of the American South in the literature during the Southern Renaissance period.
  • A Cultural-historical Study of Biographical Works by Southern Agrarians
    keyword : Southern Agrarians, Allen Tate, Andrew Lytle, Robert Penn Warren, biographical theory
    2006.04~2009.03A cultural-historical study of the biographical writings of Southern agrarians.
  • A Cultural-historical Study of Autobiographical Writing and the Self-formation of the African-Americans
    keyword : J.W. Johnson, Richard Wright, Ernest Gaines, Ralph Ellison, autobiographical works
    2003.04~2006.03A cultural-historical study of autobiographical writing and the making of the African American self.
  • A Cultural-historical Study of 'Historical' Fiction and Autobiography in the Southern Renaissance
    keyword : William Faulkner, William Styron, Robert Penn Warren, 'historical' fiction, autobiography
    2000.04~2003.03A cultural-historical study of 'historical' fiction and autobigraphy during the Southern Renaissance.
Academic Activities
Books
1. An Annotated Bibliography of American Southern Literature Studies in Japan, 1994-2001.
Papers
1. Allen Tate's The Fathers and the South.
2. History in Writing/Writing in History: Faulkner's Go Down, Moses and Historical Consciouness.
Membership in Academic Society
  • The English Literary Society of Japan
  • The Kyushu Branch of the English Literary Society of Japan
  • The American Literature Society fo Japan
  • Kyushu American Literature Society
  • The William Faulkner Society of JJapan
  • The Japanese Association for American Studies
Educational
Social
Professional and Outreach Activities
In my opinion, it is the biggest contribution to our society for college English teachers to send our students with a good command of English to the world. In the narrow sense of the word, however, I have been engaged in the following "social activities":
(1) activity as a lecturer at the University of the Air in 2000
(2) activity as a lecturer of a public lecture at Kyushu University in 2008
(3) several participations in discussions about English education with highschool teachers.