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Sugimori, Masami (PhD)

Program Coordinator/Associate Professor
Department of Language & Literature
Office: RH 0132
Phone: 239-590-7356

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


American Literature

Research and Teaching Interests

American Literature and Culture
Literary Theory
Critical Race Studies
Literature of Racial Passing
Creative Writing

Courses Offered

AML 6930: Special Topics in U.S. Literature & Culture – Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald: Their 1920s
AML 6305: Major U.S. Authors – Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald: Their 1930s
AML 6268: Regional U.S. Literature – Literature of the American South
AML 6027: Literature of the U.S. after 1900 – Mobility and Movement in Modern American Literature
LIT 6930: Special Topics – Modernism(s)
LIT 6930: Special Topics – Modern Literature and the City
LIT 6806: Literature as Cultural Study – New Historicism, Cultural Materialism, & Literary Studies
ENC 6745: Seminar in Composition Pedagogy
AML 4121: U.S. Novels of the 20th Century – Modernity and Modernism: 1900-1939
AML 4121: U.S. Novels of the 20th Century – Modern American Fiction
AML 3242: 20th Century U.S. Literature and Culture
AML 3220: 19th Century U.S. Literature and Culture
AML 3213: Early American Literature and Culture
ENG 4930: Senior Seminar
ENG 3014: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies
LIT 3400: Interdisciplinary Topics – Race and Identity in British and American Literature and Culture: 1830-1945
CRW 2001: Introduction to Creative Writing
IDH 2931: Honors Humanities Seminar – Race and Identity in Literature, Art and Culture
LIT 2120: Introduction to World Literature and Culture II
LIT 2000: Introduction to Literature
ENC 1102: Composition II
ENC 1101: Composition I


Scholarly Articles

  • "Teaching the 'Passing Fiction' of the Harlem Renaissance." (Forthcoming in Teaching the Harlem Renaissance, edited by Venetria K. Patton, Modern Language Association of America)
  • "Black Subjects' 'Literal' Resistance in Jessie Redmon Fauset's 'Emmy' and 'There Was One Time!'" MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, vol. 43, no. 3, Fall 2018, pp. 124-47.
  • "Resisting the Suicidal Blue(s): Text, Voice, and Music in Langston Hughes, Leonard Feather and Charles Mingus's Weary Blues." Re-Markings, vol. 13, no.1, Jan. 2014, pp. 78-85. (Coauthored 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, vol. 36, no. 3, Fall 2011, pp. 37-62.
  • "Racial Mixture, Racial Passing, and White Subjectivity in Absalom, Absalom!" Faulkner Journal, vol. 23, no. 2, Spring 2008, pp. 3-21.
  • "Signifying, Ordering, and Containing the Chaos: Whiteness, Ideology and Language in Intruder in the Dust." Faulkner Journal, vol. 22, no. 1-2, Fall 2006-Spring 2007, pp. 54-73.

Scholarly Articles (Written in Japanese)

  • "The English Major and the Teaching of Close Reading: Higher Education in America." (Forthcoming in Lost in Text: Metareadings of American Literature, edited by Kyoko Yoshida, Shoraisha)
  • "A Black Subject's 'Literal' Resistance: Jessie Redmon Fauset's 'Emmy.'" (Forthcoming in Lost in Text: Metareadings of American Literature, edited by Kyoko Yoshida, Shoraisha)
  • "The 'New Negro' and Passing Fiction: The Ideals and Paradox of the Harlem Renaissance." Novelists' America: How Dreams Turned into Nightmare, edited by Kazuko Fukuoka and Yasushi Takano. Shoraisha, Feb. 2010. pp. 121-47.

Book Reviews

  • Review of New Perspectives on James Weldon Johnson's The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, edited by Noelle Morrissette. African American Review, vol. 51, no. 4, Winter 2018, pp. 344-46.
  • Review of Challenges of Diversity: Essays on America, by Werner Sollors. Studies in American Culture, vol. 41, no. 1, Oct. 2018, pp. 178-79.
  • Review of A Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, edited by Cherene Sherrard-Johnson. MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, vol. 42, no. 2, Summer 2017, pp. 212-14.
  • Review of The Road to Citizenship: What Naturalization Means for Immigrants and the United States, by Sofya Aptekar. Studies in American Culture, vol. 39, no. 1, Oct. 2016, pp. 132-33.

Short Stories

  • "Gomi-Yashiki—The House of Trash." (Forthcoming in Cottonwood)
  • "Hawaii." Cottonwood, vol. 71, Fall 2014, pp. 64-75. (Coauthored with Kevin Rabas)
  • "Hinanjo—Evacuation Shelter." Imagination & Place: Weather, edited by Kelly Barth, Imagination & Place Press, Mar. 2012. pp. 30-33.
  • "Three A.M." Hawai'i Pacific Review, vol. 24, Fall 2010, pp. 55-56. (Coauthored with Kevin Rabas)

Professor Sugimori taught at University of Kansas and University of South Alabama before coming to FGCU in 2012. His current book project, *U.S. Passing Fiction and Modernism*, examines early-twentieth-century American novels of racial passing (novels that feature light-skinned "black" characters who live as "white") by James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, Jessie Fauset, Nella Larsen, Fannie Hurst, and William Faulkner. His analysis reveals how those works reflect nuanced influences—both thematic and narrative—from the interrelation among the fast-paced, fluid, and alienating modern society, the increased mobility across identity categories, and literary modernism which emerged simultaneously as a product of such society and as a mode of discourse invented to capture the society's attributes.

As a creative writer, Professor Sugimori has published short stories in national journals and conferences. A Japanese native who spent his formative years in industrial Toyota City and historic Kyoto, he explores in his stories the manners and mores of Postwar Japan in relation to subtle socio-cultural influences from the U.S.