Proceedings and Papers 2015


The Annual Liberlit Conference 2015 took place on February 16th at Meiji Gakuin University. With support from the Institute for Language and Culture for the plenary speaker, Professor Ira Nadel, this year’s conference marked a new high point for the Liberlit Conference and Society. Now in its sixth year, with the seventh already planned for… Continue Reading

Transformation in Marie Jones’ A Night in November: Deconstructing Hegemony

Eucharia Donnery There is a very real danger that the native English language teacher can fall into the trap of a colonial discourse, both consciously in terms of the Self and Other dichotomy of power relations, and unconsciously through the very nature of the English Language Teaching (ELT) and literature worlds. Canagarajah underlines the colonial… Continue Reading


J.P.N. Bradley 絶対的な分裂 – Zerrissenheit Crack-up & Schizophrenia – Learning a foreign language means composing the singular points of one’s own body or one’s own language with those of another shape or element, which tears us apart but also propels us into a hitherto unknown and unheard-of world of problems. To what are we dedicated… Continue Reading

Thinking Like a Pro: How Discourse Awareness Transforms ESP Learners

Michael Guest Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki Abstract That there is a role for literature within the curriculum of the medical student has been well and truly established. This essay however attempts to go one step further, by addressing how qualities and characteristics usually associated with literature can be utilized in English for Specific… Continue Reading

Transindividuation and Empathy: Becoming Other in Hypomnesic Milieus

David Kennedy This paper is not about literature or book reading per se, but about the activity of living that is concentrated in the practice of literature and deep reading, and in a wider sense, education. My concern is with lived experience as flux – as a constant state of transformation, as becoming something else… Continue Reading

Texts as Transformative Tools

Ira Nadel University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC Canada How do texts transform lives and how do lives transform texts? That is the essential question addressed by transformative poetics, the practice of recognizing, in a revision of Henry James’s comment on George Eliot, that “the reader makes the writer, as much as the writer makes… Continue Reading

The Awakening and A Separate Peace through Different Lenses

Kayo Ozawa Abstract Students in a native/ near-native level returnee class reviewed the following literary critical approaches: New Critical/Formalist, Moral/Intellectual, Historical Critical, Biographical, Narratological, Marxist/ Economic Determinist, Feminist, Psychological/ Psychoanayltical, Archetypal/Symbolic/ Mythic, Reader-response, Structuralist, and Deconstructionist. In groups, students chose one of the above literary approaches and analyzed a novel, doing a fifteen to twenty… Continue Reading

Accomplishing Transformation by the use of Authentic Literary Texts in English-Language Classrooms in Japan

Wendy Nakanishi How can learning represent a meaningful experience? How can students by transformed by their education? I propose that such meaning, such transformation can be effected by literature: by the use of authentic English literary texts not only in the English-language classrooms of Japanese universities but also in any adult education class in Japan… Continue Reading

Several Practical Approaches for American Literature in the Language Classroom

Fuyuhiko Sekido (Dokkyo University) Aimei Kobayashi (Tokyo Jogakkan College) Akiko Yamanaka (Nippon Institute of Technology) Introduction In this paper several approaches of using American literature as in novels or their translations, in the language classroom will be introduced and shared. Though some say that literature cannot be used in the language classroom because of some… Continue Reading

There and Back Again with Bilbo: A Transformative Experience

Chutatip Yumitani, Ph. D. Tohoku Fukushi University 1. Introduction A group of EFL students at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in one academic year. As they read the coming of age’s story of Bilbo, the students as well as their English education came of age. The paper describes the… Continue Reading


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