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日時  2017年6月10日(土)午後3時より
場所  関西外国語大学中宮キャンパス(〒573-1001 大阪府枚方市中宮東之町
16-1)
会場  本館2階多目的ルーム(正門を入って真正面の建物が本館です。)

研究発表
Hamilton: An American Musicalのプロソディと登場人物の特質
発表者 湊圭史(同志社女子大学)
   司  会 古木圭子(京都学園大学)

講演 (日本ソール・ベロー協会・関西英語英米文学会との共催)
“Bernard Malamud: life and fiction”
講師:Ms. Janna Malamud Smith(作家、サイコセラピスト、Harvard Medical
School講師)
〈ピューリッツア賞作家Bernard Malamud (1914-86) の長女〉
   司会:勝井伸子(奈良県立医科大学)

About the Lecturer
Ms. Janna Malamud Smith was born in 1952 as a daughter of Bernard
Malamud, Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction in 1967.  She is a writer and
a psychotherapist teaching at Harvard Medical School.  She has lectured
widely, and has published nationally and internationally – including in
The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast, The Huffington
Post, and The American Scholar.  She is the author of four books. The
first two, Private Matters: In Defense of the Personal Life (1997) and A
Potent Spell: Mother Love and the Power of Fear. (2003) were chosen as “
Notable Books” by The New York Times Sunday Book Review. Her third, “My
Father is a book: A Memoir of Barnard Malamud.” (2006) was selected as a
Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and a New York Times Editor’s
Choice. Two of her essays appear in Best American Essays. Her most
recent book is An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make their
way to Mastery (2013). She is currently writing a book about fishermen
on an island off the coast of Maine.

Synopsis of the Lecture
        In a 1975 interview in the Paris Review, Bernard Malamud noted, “There
are people, who always want to make you a character in your stories and
want you to confirm it. Of course there’s some truth to it: Every
character you invent takes his essence from you; therefore you’re in
them as Flaubert was in Emma—but, peace to him, you are not those you
imagine. They are your fictions.”
        While this statement about the “fictiveness” of fiction is obviously
true, it is also cagey. Like many writers and artists of all disciplines,
 my father did not want to be pinned down. He needed an expansive
territory in which to create, and literal knowledge about him felt to
him like a barbed wire fence that impeded his freedom. When he took
audience questions after public readings, he resisted any that asked him
to explain even small details in his stories or novels.  Sometimes his
responses were sharp enough to embarrass the unlucky questioner. But his
point was clear. He insisted that his readers work out meanings for
themselves.
        So too, he adamantly refused to confirm any links between his stories
and his lived experience.  His memories were his treasure chest, their
sole purpose was to support his work. I find it easy to understand his
insistence on mystery. Yet, his family knew – and after he died, the
journals and letters he left made clear – that much of his best writing
was deeply autobiographical – both psychologically and literally.  This
lecture will explore of his secrecy, and comment on some biographical
experiences undergirding his texts, particularly in his novels The
Assistant, A New Life and Dubin’s Lives.


交通アクセス
京阪電車 「枚方市」駅下車、徒歩約20分あるいは 北口3番・4番バス乗り場よ
り京阪バス乗車「関西外大」下車すぐ。(乗車時間約8分。「小松団地」行き以
外のすべてのバスが「関西外大」に停車します。)
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