Archive for April, 2009

About Myself (Shinichi Suzuki)/自己紹介

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2009 by shinichisuzuki

My name is Shinichi Suzuki

I am a doctoral student (PhD. Candidate) in the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University. I am also a research associate in Theatre Museum Global COE, Waseda University.

My research area of doctoral dissertation is Shakespeare, especially the reception of Shakespeare for children in the late 19th and early 20th century Britain.

I have published several articles in English which deal with the children’s version of The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, and Othello

氏名: 鈴木辰一




“Less Sinned Against than Sinning: Shylock in the Retold Stories in 1870-1920.” Bulletin of the Graduate Division of Literature of Waseda University 53-2: 35-46 (2007)

 “Learning to Read Shakespeare: Caliban in The Tempest for Children in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries.” Shakespeare and His Collaborators over the Centuries. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, 157-72.

“Othello and His Race in Children’s Stories in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century.”Theatre and Film Studies 2008 vol.4: 51-66 (Theatre Museum Global COE Programme, 2009).

Conference Papers/学会発表 (Selected)

“Learning to Read Shakespeare’s Tempest.” Shakespeare and His Collaborators Over the Centuries (Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, Feb. 2006)

“Shylock in The Merchant of Venice for Children in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century.” The Ninth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, Jun. 2007)

『ヴェニスの商人』再話物語におけるシャイロックの復讐の描かれ方 ( The Representation of Shylock’s Revenge in the Retold Stories of The Merchant of Venice), 第46回シェイクスピア学会(The 47th Annual Conference of the Shakespeare Society of Japan) (2007年10月、於:早稲田大学/The Shakespeare Society of Japan, Waseda University, Japan, Oct. 2007)


Shakespeare Performance in Asia (SPIA)

Posted in Shakespeare Studies with tags , on April 22, 2009 by anthmartin

The Shakespeare Performance in Asia project has launched an open-access video archive
and research project on Shakespeare Performance and Asia.

This looks to be a very interesting archive, and the project generally is one which many researchers in Japan should look at.

Posted in Academic Writing on April 12, 2009 by anthmartin

Strunk and White’s Elements of Style is 50 years old, and gets an acerbic review by Geoffrey K. Pullum in the  Chronicle of Higher Education. [50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice] Pullum critiques S and W’s grammatical prescriptions, which form a major part of the book, and observes that the rules promoted by Elements of Style are often simply wrong, or do not conform to English usage, as found for example in the writings of canonical authors such as Mark Twain and Henry James, and are not even followed by the authors, Strunk and White, themselves. Two points about this critique, it seems to me, are important.

First, authorities such as Strunk and White, or Fowler, have a massive impact on the teaching of writing, not only in America and Britain, but throughout the world of English teaching, either directly, or through a trickle down procession of teachers who were themselves instructed that these were the authorities of English style.  Bu this influence is almost always bad, since it constrains the writer and prevents the learning of the only real lesson: the way to improve writing, the only way, is to do it. A lot. And also to read as often and as widely as possible.

Second, really good authors, like E. B. White himself, are not constrained by any rules of style, but work out and experiment with stylistic variations when they write. Sometimes they follow a conservative pattern, but at other times deviate from and transgress the rules. A born writer is one who is going to pick up and adapt such variations with ease, while most people have to work a little harder to find and learn from reading.

Hello world!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2009 by anthmartin


This is a weblog for some graduate students in English studies at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. At the moment, only a few of us are involved, but we hope that as time goes on more people will participate.

The main aim of the blog is to disseminate information about English studies in Japan. So, topics such as upcoming conferences, lectures, cfps, forthcoming books will be featured. But we will also take the opportunity to talk about ourselves, our research, and anything else that we find interesting or significant.