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Department of Language and Literature

Department of Language and Literature

Masami Sugimori

Assistant Professor
American Literature
Phone: (239) 590-7356
Office: RH 132


Ph.D. University of Kansas (2009)
M.A. University of Virginia (2002)
B. of Integrated Human Studies Kyoto University, Japan (1999)

Primary Teaching & Research Areas: American Literature and Culture, Modernism, Literary Theory, Critical Race Studies, Literature of Racial Passing


Critical Articles

  • “Resisting the Suicidal Blue(s): Text, Voice, and Music in Langston Hughes, Leonard Feather and Charles Mingus’s Weary Blues.” Re-Markings 13.1 (2014). 78-85. Co-authored with Kevin Rabas.
  • “Narrative Order, Racial Hierarchy, and ‘White’ Discourse in James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and Along This Way.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 36.3 (2011): 37-62.
  • “The ‘New Negro’ and Passing Fiction: The Ideals and Paradox of the Harlem Renaissance.” Novelists’ America: How Dreams Turned into Nightmare. Ed. Kazuko Fukuoka, and Yasushi Takano. Kyoto, Japan: Shoraisha, 2010. 121-47. (Written in Japanese)
  • “Racial Mixture, Racial Passing, and White Subjectivity in Absalom, Absalom! Faulkner Journal 23.2 (2008): 3-21.
  • “Signifying, Ordering, and Containing the Chaos: Whiteness, Ideology and Language in Intruder in the Dust.” Faulkner Journal 22.1&2 (2006/2007): 54-73.

Short Stories

  • “Hawaii.” Co-authored with Kevin Rabas. (Forthcoming in Cottonwood)
  • “Hinanjo—Evacuation Shelter.” Imagination & Place: Weather. Ed. Kelly Barth. Lawrence, KS: Imagination & Place Press, 2012. 30-33.
  • “Three A.M.” Hawai'i Pacific Review 24 (2010): 55-56. Co-authored with Kevin Rabas.

Conference Presentations

  • “Crossing Racial and Narrative Barriers: Racial Passing and Modernist Voice in Walter White’s Flight.” Racial Ambiguity and Passing. MELUS Conference. 2014.
  • “Racial Identity in Fragmentation: Modernist Narratology of Harlem Renaissance Passing Fiction.” Constructing the Self. American Literature Association Convention. 2013.
  • “Racial Discourse in Crisis: Jessie Fauset’s Stories in NAACP’s Crisis.” The Writers and Their Writings in Harlem Renaissance. MELUS Conference. 2013.
  • “Teaching Critical Theory in Introductory Literature Courses: Overcoming Challenges through Collaboration and Creativity.” University of South Alabama Conference on Teaching and Learning. 2012.
  • “Resisting the Suicidal Blue(s): Text, Voice, and Music in Langston Hughes and Charles Mingus’s Weary Blues.” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. 2012. Co-authored with Kevin Rabas.
  • “The Passing Paradox: Representation of Racial Chaos within the Symbolic Order in Nella Larsen’s Passing.” American Literature Association Convention. 2010.
  • “Racial Mixture, Racial Passing, and White Subjectivity in James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man.” American Literature Association Convention. 2008.