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Dr. Leith Morton: Evading Censorship: Maekawa Samio’s Poetry on the Pacific War
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 6:00pm

The Center for Japanese Studies Presents
Dr. Leith Morton
Evading Censorship: Maekawa Samio’s Poetry on the Pacific War


April 29, 2013
6 p.m.
238 Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway

Free and open to the public.


Dr. Morton's talk will explore how Samio attempted to write verse (tanka) that questions the belligerence of the Pacific War, and indeed the necessity of war itself, while, at the same time, keeping the censors onside by expressing 'patriotic sentiments', which would therefore allow publication of his poetry. Dr. Morton will discuss translated poems and explain how, even though, Samio did write conventionally patriotic verse, like many other Japanese poets working in the 1940s, Samio found a way to dodge the government censors and maintain the focus of his art.

Dr. Leith Morton is a full professor of English at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in the Foreign Language Research and Teaching Center and the Department of Value and Decision Science. He was formerly senior lecturer in Japanese at the University of Sydney and foundation Professor of Japanese at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is the author of numerous books, articles and translations including Tokyo: A Poem in Four Chapters (Sydney: Vagabond Press,2006) a book in Japanese about greatest woman poet of 20th century Japan, Akiko Yosano no ‘Midaregami’ o Eigo de Ajiwau (Tokyo: Chukei Shuppan, 2007), and Modernism in Practice: An Introduction to Postwar Japanese Poetry (Honolulu: Univ. of Hawaii Press, 2004)