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CIRCL Japan

CIRCL Japan is a Japanese branch of CIRCL (The Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture, Media). It was formed in summer 2005 by a group of Reading University graduates who studied on the MA in Children’s Literature. We aim to promote children’s literature criticism and cultural studies in Japan and welcome anyone who is interested in research in childhood.

As a study group, we meet regularly in Tokyo to have a discussion of text, which can be literary, critical, or theoretical.

Our next meeting is scheduled on Sunday 25th June 2017 in Minato-ku.
We will read chapters 4-6 of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens along with Jack Zipes’s ‘Introduction’ to the Penguin edition.

Everyone welcome!

For more information, contact us at: circljp@hotmail.com

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Past Meetings

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
2007 2006  2005

 

2017

The 122nd meeting was on 26th February 2017.
We read Chapters 15-28 of Lois Lowry’s Gossamer.

The 123rd meeting was on 26th March 2017.
We read chapters 1-9 of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.

The 124th meeting was on 9th April 2017.
We read chapters 10-18 of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox and discussed the film version.

The 125th meeting was on 28th May 2017.
We read chapters 1-3 of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.

2016

The 114th meeting was on 31st January 2016.
We read Linda Hall’s “The Pattern of Dead and Living: Lucy Boston and the Necessity of Continuity” (Children’s Literature in Education 29.4, pp.223-36).

The 115th meeting was on 20th March 2016.
We read Deborah Hopkinson’s The Great Trouble.

The 116th meeting was on 24th April 2016.
We read Deborah Hopkinson’s The Great Trouble. 

The 117th meeting was on 31st July 2016.
We read Hugh Lofting’s The Story of Doctor Dolittle.

The 118th meeting was on 27th August 2016.
We read Parts 1-3 of Hugh Lofting’s The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle.

The 119th meeting was on 25th September 2016.
We read Parts 4-6 of Hugh Lofting’s The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle.

The 120th meeting was on 29th October 2016.
We read Daryl H. Hague’s “Fuzzy Memories: Why Narrators Forget They Translate for Animals” (Translation and Literature 16, pp.178-192)

The 121st meeting was on 11th December 2016.
We read Chapters 1-14 of Lois Lowry’s Gossamer.

2015

The 106th meeting was on 31st January 2015.
We read chapters 1-19 of Joan G. Robinson’s When Marnie Was There.

The 107th meeting was on 4th April 2015.
We read chapters 20-37 of Joan G. Robinson’s When Marnie Was There.

The 108th meeting was on 17th May 2015.
We watched and discussed the film version of When Marnie Was There.

The 109th meeting was on 28th June 2015.
We read the first half (chapters 1-18) of David Walliams’s Demon Dentist.

The 110th meeting was on 11-12th July 2015 as a special trip to Shizuoka.
We watched and discussed the film version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The 111th meeting was on 20th September 2015.
We read the latter half of David Walliams’s Demon Dentist.

The 112th meeting was on 15th November 2015. We read the first half of L. M. Boston’s The Children of Green Knowe.

The 113th meeting was on 23rd December 2015. We read the latter half of L. M. Boston’s The Children of Green Knowe.

2014

The 96th meeting was on 26th January 2014.
We read chapters 1-23 of David Almond’s Skellig.

The 97th meeting was on 15th February 2014.
We read chapters 24-46 or David Almond’s Skellig.

The 98th meeting was on 30th March 2014.
We read Danielle Sahm’s “Contrary to Expectations: Exploring Blake’s Contraries in David Almond’s Skellig” (Children’s Literature 38, pp.115-32).

The 99th meeting was on 20th April 2014.
We read chapters 1-11 of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse.

The 100th meeting was on 18th May 2014.
We read chapters 12-21 of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse.

The 101st meeting was on 5-6th July 2014 as a special trip to Shizuoka.
We watched the film of War Horse and discussed it along with the book version.

The 102nd meeting was on 9th August 2014.
We read parts 1-3 of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.

The 103rd meeting was on 28th September 2014.
We read parts 4-6 of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.

The 104th meeting was on 26th October 2014.
We read parts 7-10 of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.

The 105th meeting was on 6th December 2014.
We read Jenni Adams’s ‘”Into Eternity’s Certain Breadth”: Ambivalent Escapes in Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief’ (Children’s Literature in Education 41.3, pp.222-33).

2013

The 85th meeting was on 27th January 2013.
We read chapters 1-8 of Cynthia Kadohata’s Kira-Kira.

The 86th meeting was on 24th February 2013.
We read chapters 9-16 of Cynthia Kadohata’s Kira-Kira.

The 87th meeting was on 31st March 2013.
We read Frank Cha’s ‘Migrating to the “Broiler Belt”: Japanese American Labor and the Jim Crow South in Cynthia Kadohata’s Kira-Kira‘ (The Mississippi Quarterly 65.1, pp.103-20) and Cynthia Kadohata’s ‘Newbery Medal Acceptance’ (Horn Book Magazine 81.4, pp.409-17).

The 88th meeting was on 14th April 2013.
We read chapters 1-2 of E. L. Konigsburg’s The View from Saturday.

The 89th meeting was on 25th May 2013.
We read chapters 3-12 of E. L. Konigsburg’s The View from Saturday.

The 90th meeting was on 23rd June 2013.
We read Don K. Philpot’s ‘Children’s Metafiction, Readers, and Reading: Building Thematic Models of Narrative Comprehension’ (Children’s Literature in Education 36.2, pp.141-59).

The 91st meeting was on 21st July 2013.
We read the first half of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls.

The 92nd meeting was on 31st August 2013.
We read the latter half of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls.

The 93rd meeting was on 28th September 2013.
We read chapters 1-9 of Diana Wynne Jones’s A Tale of Time City.

The 94th meeting was on 24th November 2013.
We read chapters 10-17 of Diana Wynne Jones’s A Tale of Time City.

The 95th meeting was on 22nd December 2013.
We read Andrea Zarate’s “Portals, Agency and the Negotiation of Liminality in A Tale of Time Cityand Johnny and the Bomb” (International Research in Children’s Literature 4.1, pp.87-98).

2012

The 73rd meeting was on 28th January 2012.
We read chapters 1-8 of E. L. Konigsburg, Up from Jericho Tel.

The 74th meeting was on 26th February 2012.
We read chapters 9-17 of E. L. Konigsburg, Up from Jericho Tel.

The 75th meeting was on 31st March 2012.
We read Rosamond Rosenmeier’s ‘Finding Yourself–and Someone Else’ (Dorrel Thomas Hanks, Jr.,E. L. Konigsburg. Twayne, 1992. Chapter 7).

The 76th meeting was on 22nd April 2012.
We read chapters 1-5 of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Little Lord Fauntleroy.

The 77th meeting was on 20th May 2012.
We read chapters 6-15 of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Little Lord Fauntleroy.

The 78th meeting was on 23rd June 2012.
We read Anna Wilson’s “Little Lord Fauntleroy: The Darling of Mothers and the Abomination of a Generation” (American Literary History 8.2, pp.232-58).

The 79th meeting was on 28th July 2012.
We read chapters 1-6 of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

The 80th meeting was on 25th August 2012.
We read chapters 7-12 of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

The 81st meeting was on 16th September 2012.
We read some excerpts from the criticism of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

The 82nd meeting was on 28th October 2012.
We read Volume I of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

The 83rd meeting was on 25th November 2012.
We read Volume II of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

The 84th meeting was on 16th December 2012.
We read Volume III of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

2011

The 62nd meeting was on 22nd January 2011.
We read Colin Manlove’s ‘George MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie’ (North Wind 26, pp.1-36).

The 63rd meeting was on 27th February 2011.
We read C. S. Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

The 64th meeting was on 23rd April 2011.
We read C. S. Lewis’s The Last Battle.

The 65th meeting was on 22nd May 2011.
We read Oziewicz’s ‘“Let the Villains Be Soundly Killed at the End of the Book”: C. S. Lewis’s Conception of Justice in The Chronicles of Narnia’ (Amy H. Sturgis, ed. Past Watchful Dragons: Fantasy and Faith in the World of C.S. Lewis, pp.41-63).

The 66th meeting was on 26th June 2011.
We read Chapters 1-19 of Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass.

The 67th meeting was on 31st July 2011.
We read Chapters 20-38 of Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass.

The 68th meeting was on 27th August 2011.
We read Naomi Wood’s ‘Paradise Lost and Found: Obedience, Disobedience, and Storytelling in C. S. Lewis and Philip Pullman’ (Children’s Literature in Education 32.4, pp.237-59).

The 69th meeting was on 17th September 2011.
We read chapters 1-13 of Philippa Pearce’s Minnow on the Say.

The 70th meeting was on 30th October 2011.
We read chapters 14-26 of Philippa Pearce’s Minnow on the Say.

The 71st meeting was on Saturday 26th November 2011.
We read Helen Ainslie’s ‘Perspectives and Community: Constructions of Autism and Childhood’ (Lesnik-Oberstein, ed. Children in Culture, Revisited: Further Approaches to Childhood. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. pp.90-106).

The 72nd meeting was on Friday 23rd December 2011.
We read Philippa Pearce’s ’ and ‘At the River-Gates’.

2010

The 51st meeting was on 23rd January 2010.
We read chapters 1-9 of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The 52nd meeting was on 28th February 2010.
We read chapters 10-17 of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The 53rd meeting was on 28th March 2010.
We read chapters 1-18 of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The 54th meeting was on 25th April 2010.
We read chapters 18-36 of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The 55th meeting was on 22nd May 2010.
We read Alice Mills’s ‘Harry Potter and the Terrors of the Toilet’ (Children’s Literature in Education37.1, pp.1-13).

The 56th meeting was on 27th June 2010.
We read Janet & Allan Ahlberg’s The Jolly Postman: or Other People’s Letters.

The 57th meeting was on 24th July 2010.
We read Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and discussed its film version as well.

The 58th meeting was on 29th August 2010.
We read chapters 1-16 of George MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin.

The 59th meeting was on 19th September 2010.
We read chapters 17-32 of George MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin.

The 60th meeting was on 21st November 2010.
We read chapters 1-17 of George MacDonald’s The Princess and Curdie.

The 61st meeting was on 26th December 2010.
We read chapters 18-35 of George MacDonald’s The Princess and Curdie.

2009

The 39th meeting was on 24th January 2009.
We read Parts 3&4 of Susan Cooper’s Silver on the Tree.

The 40th meeting was on 28th February 2009.
We read Valerie Krips’s ‘Finding One’s Place in the Fantastic: Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising’ (Joe Sanders, ed. Functions of the Fantastic, pp. 169-75) and watched the filmThe Seeker: The Dark Is Rising.

The 41st meeting was on 28th March 2009.
We read Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia.

The 42nd meeting was on 18th April 2009.
We read Joel D. Chaston’s ‘The Other Deaths in Bridge to Terabithia’ (Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 16.4, pp. 238-41) and watched the film Bridge to Terabithia.

The 43rd meeting was on 23rd May 2009.
We read chapters 1-11 of Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Eagle of the Ninth.

The 44th meeting was on 27th June 2009.
We read chapters 12-21 of Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Eagle of the Ninth.

The 45th meeting was on 25th July 2009.
We read Rosemary Sutcliff’s ‘History Is People’ and Margaret Meek’s ‘The Historical Novelist: The Light and the Dark’.

The 46th meeting was on 30th August 2009.
Ms Catrin Edwards, PhD student at the University of Reading, spoke about psychoanalysis and children’s literature.

The 47th meeting was on 27th September 2009.
We read chapters 1-12 of T. H. White’s The Sword in the Stone.

The 48th meeting was on 17th October 2009.
We read chapters 13-24 of T. H. White’s The Sword in the Stone.

The 49th meeting was on 29th November 2009.
We read T. H. White’s The Sword in the Stone and Hilary M. Fraser’s ‘Evolution, the Child, and the Problem of Narrative in T. H. White’s The Sword in the Stone and The Book of Merlyn’ (Gill Davies et. al., eds., Critical Essays on T. H. White, The English Writer, 1906-1964, pp.109-22).

The 50th meeting was on 27th December 2009.
We read Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and J. Hillis Miller’s ‘The Genres of A Christmas Carol’.

2008

The 27th meeting was on 27th January 2008.
We read chapters 22-45 of Alan Armstrong’s Whittington.

The 28th meeting was on 17th February 2008.
We read Alan Armstrong’s Whittington, along with Andrew Lang’s ‘The History of Whittington’.

The 29th meeting was on 23rd March 2008.
We read chapters 1-13 of Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy.

The 30th meeting was on 26th April 2008.
We read the latter half (from chapter 14 onwards) of Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy.

The 31st meeting was on 24th May 2008.
We read the first half (parts 1&2) of Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising.

The 32nd meeting was on 22nd June 2008.
We read the latter half (part 3) of Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising.

The 33rd meeting was on 26th July 2008.
We visited the International Library of Children’s Literature and read the first half (chapters 1-8) of Susan Cooper’s Over Sea, Under Stone.

The 34th meeting was on 23rd August 2008.
We read the latter half of Susan Cooper’s Over Sea, Under Stone.

The 35th meeting was on 21st September 2008.
We read Susan Cooper’s Greenwitch.

The 36th meeting was on 18th October 2008.
We read Part 1 of Susan Cooper’s The Grey King.

The 37th meeting was on 22nd November 2008.
We read Part 2 of Susan Cooper’s The Grey King.

The 38th meeting was on 20th December 2008.
We read Parts 1&2 of Susan Cooper’s Silver on the Tree.

 

2007

The 16th meeting was on 27th January 2007.
We read Norton D. Kinghorn’s ‘The Real Miracle of Charlotte’s Web’ (CLAQ 11.1, pp. 4-9) and parts of John Griffith’s Charlotte’s Web: A Pig’s Salvation (pp. 9-15, 45-52).

The 17th meeting was on 24th February.
We read the first half of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.>

The 18th meeting was on 18th March 2007.
We read further in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and discussed its film versions as well.

The 19th meeting was on 28th April 2007.
We read William Todd Schultz’s ‘Finding Fate’s Father: Some Life-History Influences on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and part of Tomita Yasuko’s Roald Dahl (pp. 78-100).

The 20th meeting was on 27th May 2007.
We read chapters 1-11 of Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle.

The 21st meeting was on 23rd June 2007.
We read chapters 11-21 of Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle.

The 22nd meeting was on 22nd July 2007.
We read Rumi Harada’s ‘Excessive Power and Story of “Growth”: For Movie “Howl’s Moving Castle”’ (Journal of Niigata Seiryo University 6, pp.129-39) and discussed the film version as well.

The 23rd meeting was on 18th August 2007.
We read chapters 2-157 of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

The 24th meeting was on 21st October 2007.
We read the latter half (from chapter 157 onwards) of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

The 25th meeting was on 24th November 2007.
We read Ruth Gilbert’s ‘Watching the Detectives: Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Kevin Brooks’ Martyn Pig’ (Children’s Literature in Education36.3, pp. 241-53).

The 26th meeting was on 16th December 2007.
We read chapters 1-21 of Alan Armstrong’s Whittington.

2006

The 4th meeting was on 28th January 2006.
We read the fifth chapter of  Children’s Literature: New Approaches (Neil Cocks, ‘The Implied Reader. Response and Responsibility: Theories of the Implied Reader in Children’s Literature Criticism’).

The 5th meeting was on 25th February 2006.
We read the tenth chapter of the book (Sarah Spooner, ‘Landscapes: “Going foreign” in Arthur Ransome’s Peter Duck’).

The 6th meeting was on 25th March 2006.
We read the seventh chapter of the book (Stephen Thomson, ‘The Child, The Family, The Relationship. Familiar Stories: Family, Storytelling, and Ideology in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials’).

The 7th meeting was on 23rd April 2006.
We read the fourth chapter of the book (J. Hillis Miller, ‘Reading. The Swiss Family Robinson as Virtual Reality’).

The 8th meeting was on 27th May 2006.
We read the third chapter of the book (Christine Sutphin, ‘Victorian Childhood. Reading Beyond the “Innocent Title”: Home Thoughts and Home Scenes’).

The 9th meeting was on 24th June 2006.
We read the sixth chapter of the book (Lila Marz Harper, ‘Children’s Literature, Science and Faith:The Water-Babies’).

The 10th meeting was on 22nd July 2006.
We read the eighth chapter of the book (Daniela Caselli, ‘Reading Intertextuality. The Natural and the Legitimate: Intertextuality in “Harry Potter”’).

The 11th meeting was on 26th August 2006.
We read the ninth chapter of the book (Jacqueline Laz? ‘National Identity. Where the Wild, Strange and Exotic Things Are: In Search of the Caribbean in Contemporary Children’s Literature’).

The 12th meeting was on 16th September 2006.
We read the first and the fourth stories (‘Please Look After This Bear’ and ‘A Shopping Expedition’) from Michael Bond’s A Bear Called Paddington.

The 13th meeting was on 22nd October 2006.
We read ‘How the First Letter Was Written’ and ‘The Cat That Walked by Himself’ from Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories.

The 14th meeting was on 25th November 2006.
We read chapters 1-11 of E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web.

The 15th meeting was on 23rd December 2006.
We read chapters 12-22 of E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web.

2005

Our first meeting (a welcome session) was held on 22nd October 2005

We decided to read the following book chapter by chapter: Children’s Literature: New Approaches. Edited by Karín Lesnik-Oberstein, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

The second meeting was on 19th November 2005.
We read the first chapter of the book (Karin Lesnik-Oberstein, ‘Introduction’ to: Children’s Literature: New Approaches).

The third meeting was on 17th December 2005.
We read the second chapter of the book (Sue Walsh, Author and Authorship. Effigies of Effie: On Kipling’s Biographies’)