Faculty Work     

Professor Sayaka Abe, in collaboration with Prof. S. Shapiro, published “Sociolinguistics as a pathway to global citizenship: Critically observing ‘self’ and ‘other’” in 2021, in Language Awareness 30(4), 355-370. https://doi.org/10.1080/09658416.2021.1925289

Professor Sayaka Abe published “What can we do with emotive adjectives?: Manga as a visual facilitator of empathetic expressions,” in 2020, in a volume edited by M. Toku & T.H. Dollase and entitled Manga!: Visual Pop-Culture in ARTS Education (pp.187-198). InSEA Publications. DOI: 10.24981/2020-3

Professor Sayaka Abe published “An L2 corpus study of the Japanese grammatical marker -te-simau: An Application of Force Dynamics,” in 2016, in a volume edited by Kabata, K. and K. Toratani, Cognitive-Functional Approaches to the Study of Japanese as a Second Language (pp. 203-236). Boston, Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Professor Otilia Milutin published “Shōjo Murasaki, Seinen Genji: Sexual Violence and Textual Violence in Yamato Waki’s Fleeting Dreams and Egawa Tatsuya’s Tale of Genji Manga,” in Japanese Language and Literature (2021), http://jll.pitt.edu/ojs/JLL/article/view/159 

Professor Stephen Snyder’s translation of Ogawa Yoko’s The Memory Police (2019) was named a Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award for Translated Literature and for the International Booker Prize and won the 2020 American Book Award.. Read the Shelfmedia interview with Professor Snyder here: https://shelfmediagroup.com/interview/interview-stephen-snyder-translator-for-the-memory-police-by-yoko-ogawa/ 

Professor Linda White published “Not Entirely Married: Resisting the Hegemonic Patrilineal Family in Japan’s household register,” positions asia critique, Vol 29:3, August 2021

Professor Linda White published Gender and the Koseki In Contemporary Japan: Surname, Power, and Privilege (Routledge 2018).

Student-Faculty Collaborations

“Mapping Gender and Race Initiatives in Governmental Community Centers in Tokyo” Akari Tsurumaki ‘23 and Professor White are working on research to ascertain the role of ward-level community centers in the Tokyo area in promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives (gender, sexuality, and ethnic/racial) for residents across the metropolitan Tokyo area. Includes research, data mapping, and a 500 independent research project.

In rural Tenryu-mura—home to Japan’s third most elderly population—Middlebury College students and peers from throughout Asia interviewed longtime village residents. Service learning is a form of experiential learning that sends students out into a community, often to work in collaboration on projects or needs the community itself has identified.

Professor Abe created and shared 日本語学ノート J-ling resource page, where her students in the Japanese linguistics classes (JAPN 210, JAPN 310) contributed to several of the existing databases: https://sites.google.com/a/middlebury.edu/japanese-linguistics-at-middl…;

Professor Milutin and her students in  modern and classical Japanese literature and culture classes (JAPN 214, JAPN 215, and JAPN 221) have been working on ReadMidd, https://readmidd.middcreate.net, a book club/ book review website that will hopefully become not only a valuable portfolio-building tool for the students, but also a platform that we can share with the entire college community.