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 publication of the Newsletter in May was our first activity in 2015. Newsletter 27 carried an excellent article, 'Gaskell and William Fairbairn' by Professor Emeritus Masaie Matsumura, summary reports of the Regular Meeting and the Conference, minutes of the Committee Meetings, and the income and expenditure statement.

On Saturday 6 June, the Regular Meeting was held at Shizuoka Sangaku Koryu Centre, Shizuoka. Two papers were read: Aiko Matsuura, Associate Professor at Kushiro Public University of Economics, gave a talk on 'The Reception and Transformation of Gaskell's Works in America: Dion Boucicault's The Long Strike (1866)' and Ai Sugimura, Professor at Okayama Prefectural University, spoke on 'Gaze in Gaskell and Brontë: What Were They Turning Their Eyes upon?' Yoko Hatano, Professor Emeritus at Tsukuba Gakuin University presided over the meeting for the presentation of research papers. We found both papers very exciting and interesting. After the paper readings, Noriyuki Harada, Professor at Tokyo Women's Christian University, delivered a lecture on 'Gaskell's "Johnson": Language, Narrative, and Publishing Culture', chaired by Mitsuharu Matsuoka, Professor of Nagoya University. He analysed in some detail Dr Johnson's influence on Gaskell's art of narrative, especially in Chapter One of Cranford. He also wondered what kind of Johnson's Dictionary it was that Becky Sharpe threw away in Vanity Fair and elucidated on this. We enjoyed his excellent, informative and inspiring lecture very much.

In August, Gaskell Studies Volume 25 was issued under the painstaking editorship of Professor Hatano. It carried four papers: 'The Transformations of the English National Identity Between Jane Austen and E. M. Forster' by Ai Tanji, 'Gaskell v. Gaskell: Male Unitarians' Discourses and the Public Sphere for Unitarian Women' by Kaz Oishi, 'Ruth and George Eliot' by Kenichi Kurata and 'A Social-Problem Novelist and a Novelist who is Social: Gaskell and Dickens' by Yuji Miyamaru, as well as three review articles. …

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