Dr. Noel Polk, professor of English at The University of Southern
Mississippi and noted authority on the writings of William Faulkner,
is spending his summer lecturing in Japan from June 7 to July 7.
He was the
featured speaker at an international conference on William Faulkner,
sponsored by the Japanese William Faulkner Society in Tokyo from
June 11-14. Polk also will teach a mini-seminar on "William
Faulkner and Southern Culture" at Hokusei Gakuen University
in Sapporo, Japan, the chief city of Hokkaido, located on the northernmost
island of Japan.
on the topic will be held at universities in Osaka, Fukuoka, and
Hiroshima, and Polk will consult with many Japanese Faulkner scholars
about their work on and interest in Faulkner.
Faulkner has been the most often studied English language author
in Japan," Polk said of the immense interest in Faulkner in
Japan. "His works are extensively translated as well as read
his bachelor's and master's degrees from Mississippi College and
his doctorate from the University of South Carolina. He is the author
of several books on Faulkner's works, including "An Editorial
Handbook for Faulkner's 'The Sound and the Fury'"; "Children
of the Dark House: Text and Context in Faulkner"; and "Reading
Faulkner: 'The Sound and the Fury.'" Polk also has served as
editor for several reprints of Faulkner's novels.
extensively about another famous Mississippi writer, Eudora Welty,
Polk has lectured on Faulkner and Welty widely in the United States,
throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, and in the former
a pleasure and a privilege to be invited to speak at such a distinguished
gathering of international Faulkner scholars," Polk said. "It's
humbling and thrilling at the same time to be among people who are
interested in my Mississippi, and I'm grateful for the opportunity
that their interest in Mississippi gives me to visit and learn about