Academic journal article The Gaskell Journal

The Gaskell Society of Japan

Academic journal article The Gaskell Journal

The Gaskell Society of Japan

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The year 2011 was a special year for Japan because of the unprecedented disaster in the Tohoku district - the huge earthquakes, the catastrophic tsunami, and the radioactive contamination following the explosions of the Fukushima nuclear power station reactors. We have been mourning for over ten thousand victims throughout the year. Japan is recovering little by little from the disaster, especially in the stricken area, thanks to the great support from not only all over Japan but also every other country in the world.

In such a difficult situation, it was fortunate that our society could hold its Annual Meeting and AGM as usual. The Annual Meeting was held successfully on 2 June, as Professor Tatsuhiro Ohno, vice president of our society, has already reported in The Gaskell Journal Number 25, 2011.

On 2October, the 23rd AGM was held at Edogawa University. The moderator, Hiroko Ishizuka, Professor of Kobe University, opened the meeting, and two papers were read in the morning. One was 'Writing about Writing Women: The Case of Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Brontë' by Yukari Oda (Lecturer at Fukui University of Technology). The other was 'Representations of Foreign Countries in Elizabeth Gaskell's Shorter Pieces' by Rie Shidooka (Lecturer at Jissen Women's University). In the afternoon, a symposium on 'The Literature of Gaskell and Letters' was co-ordinated by Tomoko Uda (Associate Professor at Seitoku University Junior College), with four exciting presentations. Keiko Izubuchi (Emeritus Professor of Nihon Women's University) compared the letters in Gaskell's novels with the letters in famous Dutch drawings in 'The Presentation of Women and Letters in Netherlands and England: The Art of Vermeer and Samuel Richardson'. Miwa Ohta (Professor of Chuo University), in her presentation 'The Queer Moments and Letters of Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Brontë', made a penetrating analysis of the life and the fiction of the two women writers by means of queer theory. Mitsuki Ezawa (Part-time Lecturer at Senshu University) presented Gaskell's interest in Italy in connection with D.G. Rossetti and the cosmopolitan city of Manchester. …

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