Academic journal article The Gaskell Journal

Obituary Yuriko Yamawaki (1918-2019)

Academic journal article The Gaskell Journal

Obituary Yuriko Yamawaki (1918-2019)

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Yuriko Yamawaki, the founder of the Gaskell Society of Japan and its President from 1988 to 2007, died at the age of 100 in Tokyo, on 31 January 2019.

Yuriko Yamawaki was born in Tokyo on 5 June 1918. Her father owned a publishing company, and her mother was a renowned writer of novels for young female readers. She graduated from Tokyo Women's Christian University in 1940 and studied English further at the graduate school of Waseda University until 1943. After working at the Asahi Newspaper for three years, she won a British Council scholarship and studied at the University of Liverpool from 1952 to 1953.

After her return to Japan, she worked as a lecturer at Tokyo Woman's Christian University from 1954, at Joshibi University of Art and Design from 1957, and as an assistant professor at Jissen Women's Junior College from 1960. In 1966, she became a professor at Jissen Women's University where she kept her position until 1989, when she became Professor Emeritus. She obtained her doctoral degree in 1974 from Taisho University with a thesis on Elizabeth Gaskell's life and fiction.

In 1988, she founded the Gaskell Society of Japan, intending to establish an academic society that would become the centre of the study of Gaskell, who was not so well known in Japan then. …

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