Irish literature in the British context

Irish literature in the British context
voices from Kyoto
Kyoto Humanities Conference
Thu. 21 March 2019 10:00-17:15
Kyoto Station (Hachijo Gate) and Kyoto University. It runs every 30 minutes.


The Kyoto Humanities International Conference

Irish Literature in the British Context―Voices from Kyoto


Date: Thu.  21 March, 2019

Venue: Basement Lecture Hall B23A, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies Bldg,

Yoshida-South Campus, Kyoto University


10:00-10:05   Opening Address    Mari Mizuno (President of Spenser Society Japan)


10:10-12:00  Papers  Chair, Tomonari Kuwayama;  Commentator, Dr. Luca Crispi


Mari Mizuno (Kyoto University) ‘Lodowick Bryskett’s Fashioning of M. Spenser’

Kazuo Yokouchi (Kwansei Gakuin University) ‘The Godfather of Victorian Literature: William Maginn and the Cultural Conflict in the 1830s’

Naoyuki Mizuno (Kyoto University) ‘The James Family in Ireland’

Hironao Kobayashi (Toyo Gakuen University) ‘Leopold Bloom and Three Letters in James Joyce’s Ulysses


12:00-13:00   Lunch break


13:00-14:30  Plenary Lecture    Chair, Kazuo Yokouchi


Dr. Luca Crispi (University College, Dublin)

‘Development of Stephen Dedalus from A Portrait to Ulysses


14:30-16:00 Symposium  Modern Irish Poetry   Commentator. Celia de Fréine


Hitomi Nakamura  ‘ “Shancoduff” Revisited: Patrick Kavanagh and the Idea of Place’

Mariko Nishitani ‘John Montague in the 1950s: His Apprenticeship and the Legacy of Yeats’                

Hiroko Ikeda (Chair)  ‘The Allurement of Death and Shadow in Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s Cailleach Poems’


16:00-16:15  Break


16:15-17:15 Poetry Reading   Chair, Hiroko Ikeda


Celia de Fréine


17:20-17:30  Closing Remark     Naoyuki Mizuno (President of the American Literature Soceity of Japan) 18:00 ~   Conference Dinner


This conference is sponsored by 2018-19 MEXT Grant for the Enhancement of National Universities’ International Competitiveness





  • Dr Luca Crispi is Lecturer in James Joyce Studies and Modernism in the School of English,

Drama and Film and in the UCD Centre for Research for James Joyce Studies. He was educated at

McDaniel College Maryland USA, Catholic University of America DC and University of Buffalo

SUNY.  He is currently working on a monograph entitled The Genesis of “Ulysses”, and is editing with Alexis and Maria Anna Léon a collection of archival material: James Joyce and Paul L. Léon: The Story of a Friendship Revisited.

Monographs: Joyce’s Creative Process and the Construction of Characters in “Ulysses:” Becoming the Blooms (OUP 2015;  pbk forthcoming March 2019).

Editorship: Founding co-editor with Anne Fogarty of the Dublin James Joyce Journal (Volumes 1-9: 2008-16) .  Co-editor with Catherine Fahy of The Joyce Studies 2004 Series‘(National Library of Ireland, 2004-5). Co-editor with Sam Slote (TCD) of How Joyce Wrote Finnegans Wake: A

Chapter-by-Chapter Genetic Guide (Wisconsin UP, 2007).

(From UCD’s HP)


・Celia de Fréine is an internationally acclaimed poet, playwright, screenwriter and librettist

who writes in Irish and English. She was educated at University College Dublin and Lancaster University. She worked as a Civil Servant and as a teacher and now divides her time between Dublin and Connemara. Her publication includes six award-winning collections of poetry: Faoi Chabáistí is

Ríonacha: (Connemara, 2000), Facha Fola (Connemara,, 2004), Scarecrows at Newtownards

(Dublin, 2005), bilingual imaram: odyssey (Galwlay, 2010), Aibítir Aoise : Alphabet of an Age, (Galway, 2011), cuir amach seo dom : riddle me this, (Galway, 2014). She has written many plays, scripts for films, operas, TV programmes. Her poems and plays are translated into various languages, and she in turn translated Brian Merriman’s Cúirt an Mheán Oíche : The Midnight Court ( Galway,

2012).                                                (Adapted from Wikipedia)



In addition to the above access methods, there is a bus service called HOOP which directly connects Kyoto Station (Hachijo Gate) and Kyoto University. It runs every 30 minutes.



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Mari Mizuno
Sponsored by 2018-19 MEXT Grant for the Enhancement of National Universities’ International Competitiveness




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