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Phone: (239) 590-7356
E-Mail: email@example.comOffice: RH 132
EducationPh.D. University of Kansas (2009)M.A. University of Virginia (2002)B. of Integrated Human Studies Kyoto University, Japan (1999)
Primary Teaching AreasAmerican Literature and Culture, Modernism, African American Literature
Research FocusAmerican Modernism, Harlem Renaissance, Critical Race Studies, Literature of Racial Passing
Professor Sugimori taught at University of Kansas and University of South Alabama before coming to FGCU in 2012. His current book project, The Language Trap: U.S. Passing Fiction and its Paradox, examines American novels of racial passing to demonstrate how narrative as a representational medium enables and compromises writers' challenges to hegemonic racial ideology. This paradox, he argues, derives ultimately from the problem that language, due to its inevitably ideological nature and dichotomizing function, prevents the writers from capturing racial passing in its radical indeterminacy. Examined authors include William Faulkner, James Weldon Johnson, Nella Larsen, and Jessie Fauset.
A Japanese native who spent his formative years in industrial Toyota City and historic Kyoto, Professor Sugimori also publishes stories exploring the manners and mores of the postwar Japan.
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