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English Literature and the Pacific (21 January 2023)

Symposium "English Literature and the Pacific" will be held on 21 January 2023 at Meiji University. Places are limited, so if you are interested in checking out this symposium, please contact me on my Meiji address (

Programme is available here.

Keynote speaker:

Professor Steve Clark (University of Tokyo)


Alex Watson (Meiji University)

Laurence Williams (Sophia University)


Meiji University (Surugadai Campus), 308E Academy Common

This event will discuss Anglophone literature and the Pacific from modern, historical,

ethnographic and pedagogical perspectives. Papers will explore the connections between

writers and the Pacific, from the 18th century to the present day, including novels, travel

writing, drama, poetry, and historical / biographical research. We also welcome

contributions reflecting on the challenge that representations of the Pacific offer to

narrow definitions of study and the changing status of English literature in Japan.

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Steve Clark, who will retire in April 2023

from the Department of English and American Literature at the University of Tokyo. As

part of the symposium, we will explore Professor Clark’s work and legacy.

We will also live-stream the papers on Zoom, for those unable to attend in person.

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