Japan Lecture Series 2012-2113

Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas  

Free admission

The Japan Lecture Series is made possible by the grant from the Freeman Foundation.            

For more information, contact Mieko U. Peek at mieko.peek@lyon.edu


High/Low/Popular Cultural Capital: The Manga-nization of The Tale of Genji


Dr. Lynne Miyake

Professor of Japanese, Gender and Women's Studies, and Asian American Studies

at Pomona College


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Derby Lecture Hall, Lyon College


The Japanese Art and the World

Dr. Bruce Coats

Professor of Art at Scripps College


7 pm-8:30 pm

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Derby Lecture Hall, Lyon College

Lynne K. Miyake received her B.A. from the University of Southern California and her M.A. in Comparative Literature and Ph.D. in Japanese literature from the University of California at Berkeley. She works on Heian prose narratives dealing with issues of narration, gender, and cultural studies, including manga adaptations of The Tale of Genji. She has published articles on the manga versions of The Tale of Genji and the tale (in Japanese and English), on The Kagerô Diary, and The Tosa Diary as well as on the impact of translation on the formulation of the canon of Japanese literature in the U.S. She has received Japan Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships to do a study of the performative, interactive role of the reader, text, and narrator in Heian texts and is presently working on a book manuscript on the manga versions of The Tale of Genji.




Dr. Bruce Coats graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in American History and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University. After serving in the US Navy, he completed a Master's degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD at Harvard University.

He has received various research grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Japan and a Mellon Grant in 2008 to conduct a faculty workshop "Teaching the Tale of Genji in the 21st Century."

Since 1985 he has taught art history and the humanities at Scripps College, part of the Claremont Colleges Consortium.

Among the class he offers are:

Arts of Japan

Arts of China

The Tale of Genji

Arts of Zen Buddhism

The History of Gardens, East and West

18th Century European Arts


In 2006 he curated an exhibition "CHIKANOBU: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints" which toured seven museums in the US and Japan, and for which he produced a catalog, the first survey of Chikanobu's career written in English or Japanese. In October 2012 Scripps College will open the exhibition "Prince Genji's World in Japanese Prints" which will also have a catalog and will tour five museums around the US.