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American Studies Cluster

NameDaniel Eric McKay
Associate Professor (Master's Program)
E-mail: dmckay@mail.doshisha.ac.jp

Research Areas

American Literature
New Zealand Literature
War Literature

Message to students

"Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals." This observation, credited to Colman McCarthy, invites us to tease out the ways in which human cultures change when they transition from peacetime to wartime and back again. Though I'm not sure whether I share McCarthy's pessimism, I certainly believe that war as a topic is universally important. American literature offers a rich and fascinating prism through which to explore its legacy and depiction, as I first realised when I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the literatures of the Second World War. Of course, I am also a generalist of American literature and am interested in any number of topic areas relating to it.

I have lived in Louisiana and Indiana as an international student and would be happy to swap stories or give advice to any student thinking of heading to the USA. As for prospective research students, come see me if you're thinking of writing a thesis on American literature, particularly (but not exclusively) Asian American literature, contemporary literature, war literature, or projects that involve comparing different cultural traditions to / within the United States.
It isn't necessary to have a full-fledged plan at first, so don't hesitate to drop by for a brainstorming session. Getting rid of a bad idea might be the first step to finding a good one! If you'd like a free-to-download example of my published work, click on the following URL: