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WELLS Keiko

 
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NameWELLS Keiko
AffiliationRitsumeikan University
SectionCollege of Letters, Communication Program
Job titleProfessor
DegreePh.D (Art, Literature and Culture), MA (English and American Literature)
Other AffiliationRitsumeikan University, Ritsumeikan University, Ritsumeikan University

Research Interests

 
Oral Tradition and Culture (esp. Folksong Lyrics and Folktales), Literary Folktales, Comparative Folk Culture, American Culture (19th century), American Poetry, Music Culture (African-American, Japanese-American, Anglo-American)

Research Areas

 
  • Literature / Literature in English / 
  • Literature / Literature in general / 
  • Cultural anthropology / Cultural anthropology / 

Education

 
 
   
 
Cultural Structure, Graduate School, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kobe University
 
 
   
 
English Literature, Graduate School, Division of Letters, Tsuda College
 
 
   
 
British and American Literature, Faculty of Arts and Science, Tsuda College
 

Committee Memberships

 
Jan 2015
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Feb 2015
UNIV Press of Colorado | Utah State Univ. Press  Book Reviewer
 
Jan 2015
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Dec 2017
Encyclopedia of American Studies  Editorial Board Member
 

Awards & Honors

 
Nov 2011
Kamei Shunsuke Award (Popular Culture Association of Japan), Popular Culture Association of Japan
 
Sep 2000
Fulbright Research Grant, Fulbright Japan
 

Published Papers

 
Variations and Interpretations of the Japanese Religious Folk Ballad, Sansho-Dayu, or "Princess Anju and Prince Zushio" (3): Re-Creation in Modern Fiction, Film, and Children’s Literature
keiko WELLS
Journal of Ethnography and Folklore   1(2) 44-67   Oct 2018
Variations and Interpretations of the Japanese Religious Folk Ballad, Sansho-Dayu, or "Princess Anju and Prince Zushio" (2): The Theatrical Tradition in Ningyo-Joruri (Puppet Plays) and Kabuki (Classical Dance-and-Music-Drama)
Keiko Wells
Journal of Ethnography and Folklore, New Series   2017(1-2) 102-118   Oct 2017
ヴァナキュラー文化としての「赤ずきん」:少女と暴力の物語
Keiko WELLS
立命館言語文化研究   28(1) 101-114   Sep 2016
Why Do We Study Songs from the Slavery Era? : Lost Songs, Living Traditions, and African American Creativity
keiko WELLS
Black Studies   (85) 35-44   Mar 2016
Variations and Interpretations of the Japanese Religious Folk Ballad, Sansho-Dayu, or “Princess Anjyu and Prince Zushio” (1): The Narrative Tradition Kept by Visually Impaired Minstrels
Keiko Wells
Journal of Ethnography and Folklore   New Series(1-2) 5-27   Sep 2015

Misc

 
(Book Review) Japanese Singers of Tales: Ten Centuries of Performed Narrative by Tokita
Keiko WELLS
Folk Music Journal   11(1) 82-84   Nov 2015
"I Hear America singing: American Folksongs of Work and People in the 19th Century"
Keiko WELLS
Vintage Clothing   (1037) 16-33   Sep 2014

Books etc

 
Vernacular Culture and Modern Society
Simon Bronner, Jack Santino, Konomi Ara, et.al
Shibunkaku-shuppan Press   Mar 2018   ISBN:978-4-7842-1933-9
Shunsuke Kamei, His Oral History
KAMEI, Shunsuke
Kenkyusha   Apr 2017   ISBN:978-4-327-48165-0
An Introduction to Vernacular Culture in America: Society, Region, and Tradition
Keiko Wells / Lisa Gabbert
Maruzen Publishing Co. Ltd.   Apr 2017   ISBN:9784621301524
Looking at the USA through Folksongs
Keiko WELLS
Shodensha Publications   Mar 2016   ISBN:9784396114596
Singing and Talking to Survive: African American Songs and Tales
Keiko WELLS
Iwanami-shoten   Feb 2014   ISBN:978-4-00-500766-0

Conference Activities & Talks

 
What is "vernacular literature" and How do we study It?
Tobunken Seminar "The Outline of Vernacular Culture Studies"   16 Sep 2018   
Sad and Bitter Lullabies of Japan: Creation and Recreation of Child Nursemaids from Labor to Popular Culture
The Department of Language, Philosophy and Communication Studies, Utah State University   18 Apr 2018   
Voice(s) and Gender in a Japanese Religious Ballad Cycle, Sanshō Dayū (Sanshō the Bailiff)
Utah State University, Department of English   16 Apr 2018   
Human Violence as the unchanging theme of Sanshodayu in its hundreds-year-tradition
Japan Ballad Association   24 Mar 2018   
American Folk Song Lyrics: Roots, Cultural Conflicts and What was Acculturated in Japan and What was not.
Kyoto City Culture Study Lecture   10 Feb 2018   

Teaching Experience

 
  • Area Studies and Studies of Culture (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Basic Readings 1 (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Graduate Research 1(Doctoral Course) (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Graduate Research 2(Doctoral Course) (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Seminar 1 (Ritsumeikan University)

Association Memberships

 
International Ballad Conference , The American Literature Society of Japan , The Japanese Association for American Studies , Japan Black Studies Association , The Japan Mark Twain Society , The Ballad Society of Japan , Popular Culture Association of Japan

Works

 
「ヴァナキュラー文化と現代社会」アメリカは歌う:働く人々と歌のいのち
The Others   May 2018
Organizer of Public Lecture , Moderator and Tnanslator. Thomas McKean "Living Tradition: Travelers' Scottish Ballads"
The Others   Mar 2015 - Mar 2015
公開リーディング/講演会主催「クリストス・チョルカス『スラップ』:オーストラリア、多文化社会のゆくえ」
The Others   Jan 2015 - Jan 2015
Public Lecture Series Organizer. "Language, Culture and Region in Flow"
The Others   Sep 2014 - Mar 2015
岐阜女子大学デジタルアーカイブ企画「亀井俊介先生パーソナル学問史 オーラルヒストリーの記録・『有島武郎』」でインタビューアーをつとめた。
The Others   Mar 2014 - Mar 2014

Research Grants & Projects

 
狼女物語
国際言語文化研究所出版助成
Project Year: 2010 - 2010
ヴァナキュラー文化研究
立命館大学国際言語文化研究所提案萌芽的プロジェクト研究
Project Year: 2010 - 2010
語りえない人々の語りに関する超域的研究
サントリー文化財団研究助成金
Project Year: 2009 - 2010
ヴァナキュラー文化のフロンティア:英語ネットワーク世界と日本
国際言語文化研究所提案萌芽的プロジェクト研究
Project Year: 2009 - 2009
新歴史批評の理論と応用に関する研究
立命館大学学内提案公募型研究推進プログラム・基盤研究
Project Year: 2006 - 2007