教員紹介
Alan Botsford

Alan Botsford

担当科目

English Reading, Modern American Poetry, World Literature : East and West

氏 名 アラン ボツフォード (アラン ボツフォード)
所 属 国際文化学部英語文化学科
学部担当科目 English Reading, Modern American Poetry, World Literature : East and West
専門分野 Walt Whitman, 19th century American Literature
最終学歴 M.F.A. in Writing, Columbia University, B.A. in English, Wesleyan University
より詳しい経歴 Studied poetry under Nobel Prize-winning poets Joseph Brodsky and Derek Walcott, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stanley Kunitz. Also studied writing under Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard. More than twenty years experience teaching E.S.L. at all levels in the U.S. and Japan. A widely published poet in periodicals during this time, has also published two poetry collections. Currently is co-editor of the poetry journal POETRY KANTO.
研究テーマ Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass & Its Influence on 19th & 20th Century American Poetry; Creative Writing (Poetry)
研究テーマの
説明
Walt Whitman, the 19th century American poet, is considered by many critics to be the ‘father’ of American literature. His life’s work, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855, and was written at a critical time in America’s young history, when it was struggling to define its culture and identity against outdated European models. Part of the generation known as ‘the American Renaissance,’ Whitman is noted for ‘freeing’ verse from its formal constraints and offering a vision of ‘democratic man’ that still resonates with Americans today.
Creative writing, especially poetry, is another area of interest. Exploration of how writing and reading poetry can offer insight into contemporary modes of consciousness, spirituality and knowledge; of how, whether reading Homer’s The Odyssey or Dante’s Divine Comedy or Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, the linear logic of discursive thought can give way to the non-linear imagination. What exactly, or scientifically, does this teach us in an age of materialism and progress? How can poetry be viewed as devotion, discovery, and deliverance?
主要業績
  • ・A Book of Shadows (book–poetry collection) (KATYDID BOOKS, Santa Fe, New Mexico: 2003)
  • ・mamaist: learning a new language (book–poetry collection) (MINATO NO HITO, Kamakura, Japan: 2002).
  • ・”Feeling the Touch: Walt Whitman, the Touch of the Poet, and All Things Golden” Bulletin, KGU, No. 105, December 25, 2005
  • ・”Urashimataro in Atlantis” (poem) Bulletin, KGU, No. 104, July 25, 2005
  • ・”Knowledge in the Making: On Walt Whitman and the ‘Gnosis’ of Poetry” Bulletin, KGU, No. 103, March 25, 2005.
より詳しい業績 Has been nominated for a U.S. Pushcart Prize for his poem entitled ‘nothing’; has published poems in numerous publications in the U.S. and Japan; has received Columbia University Writing Fellowships and Wesleyan University Olin Scholarships; is a member of American Literature Society of Japan and Whitman Society of Japan. Currently researches the poetry of Walt Whitman and co-edits Japan’s leading bilingual poetry journal Poetry Kanto.

Other scholary publications include:
“On Walt Whitman and the Donkey-Eared King (II), Bulletin, KGU, No. 102, December 25, 2004
“Thinking Outside the Cave” (A Contemporary Application of Myth) Bulletin, KGU, No. 101, September 2004.
“On Walt Whitman, the Donkey-Eared King, and the Creation of ‘Leaves of Grass'” Bulletin, KGU, No. 99, December 25, 2003
“Whitman and Us: From Foothold to Threshold” WALT WHITMAN STUDIES #18, Whitman Society of Japan, Summer 2002;
“Whitman and Us” WALT WHITMAN STUDIES #15, Whitman Society of Japan, Summer 1999.

受験生向け
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Make it new!” “Make it live!” “Make it fun!” Let’s go out and meet the world boldly. Let’s cherish our beloved Earth’s abundant resources; let’s invest our lives generously, wisely. Let’s do what we love, and love what we do. Japan’s culture thrives by her people’s innate curiosity and openness to other cultures. This has been the hallmark of her greatness. Remember, when Japan’s mythic sun goddess, Amaterasu, came out of her cave, her light and warmth covered and colored the world!
ゼミの内容 READING AND WRITING FICTION 
In this course we do close readings of some American short stories. 
We will discuss in depth the characters, themes, language, and cultural and historical backgrounds of the texts. We will also study the craft of fiction writing, with some discussion of the fundamentals of craftsmanship: plot, characterization, description, and so on. Our aim is two-fold: (1) to explore American cultural values and ideas as portrayed in fictional settings by different writers; and (2) to explore the nature of storytelling–how a story is written and how a story is read–with a view towards better understanding the stories we make of our lives.
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