BA (Hons), Dip Ed (Newcastle), MA, PhD (Macquarie)
Phone: +61 2 4221 4939
Helen Kilpatrick is a Senior Lecturer in Japanese in the Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong. After completing degrees in Japanese (Hons.), Sociology and English Literature, Helen completed her doctorate at Macquarie University (Sydney) in the field of children's literature with a focus on Japanese picture books. Helen has published in the areas of literary and cultural studies, gender and the visual arts. She is the author of Miyazawa Kenji and His Illustrators (Brill, 2013) which explores Buddhist ideologies in modern Japanese picture books of the early twentieth century narratives of Miyazawa Kenji (1896–1933).
Helen has teaching experience in Japanese language, English and Japanese literature, linguistics, culture, and children's literature at various Australian universities, and has taught in Japan at Seishin Notre Dame University and Okayama University. She teaches into all levels of the Japanese curriculum and has a special interest in literature and culture. Helen is able to supervise higher degree students in contemporary Japanese literary, cultural, and language studies, as well as in visual culture and children's literature.
Helen's general research interests are in modern Japanese literature, culture and art and, more specifically, in children's literature and picture books. She is particularly interested in the cultural constructions of subjectivity in Japanese literature and has recently been working on visual images of the shôjo (girl) in Japanese literature for young people.
- 2009: “Buddhist Visions of Transculturalism: Picturing Miyazawa Kenji’s Yamanashi (Wild Pear)”, International Research into Children’s Literature, Special Issue on ‘Internationalisation, Transculturalism and Globalisation: Manifestations in Children’s Literature and Film’, Vol. 2, no. 2, forthcoming December 2009.
- 2009: 'Transcending gender in pictorial representations of Miyazawa Kenji’s “Marivuron and the Girl” (Marivuron to Shôjo)’, Girl Reading Girl in Japan. Edited by Tomoko Aoyama & Barbara Hartley. Routledge. New York and London, forthcoming October 2009.
- 2007: 'Beyond dualism: Towards interculturality in pictorialisations of Miyazawa Kenji's 'Snow Crossing' (Yukiwatari)', Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, vol. 17, no. 2, 2007, pp. 26-35.
- 2006: 'Miyazawa Kenji', in J. Zipes (eds), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Childrens Literature, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006.
- 2006:'Morimoto, Junko', in J. Zipes (eds), The Oxford Encylopedia of Children's Literature, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006.
- 1998: Review of The Bible for Children. From the Age of Gutenberg to the Present. Ruth. B. Bottigheimer, New Haven & London; Yale University Press, 1996 in Journal of Religious History, Volume 22, Number 1, February (in English); pp119 -121
- 1997: The Picture Book `Kojuro and the Bears': A Cross-Cultural Comparison with The Bears of Mount Nametoko (Nametoko Yama no Kuma) in PAPERS: Explorations into Children's Literature Vol 7, Number 1, April (in English)
- 1996: The Tale of the Nighthawk Star - A Cross-Cultural Analysis of a Picture Book in Culture in Context: A Selection of Papers Presented at the Inter-Cultural Studies `96; Volume 22, Number 1, February; pp37-47
- 1996: Morimoto Junko ni yoru: Yodaka no Hoshi' no Ehonka, "The Pictorialisation of Junko Morimoto's `The Night Hawk Star'" in IICLO Bulletin (in Japanese); pp16-32
Selected Conference Papers
- “Envisioning the shôjo aesthetic in The Twin Stars and Night of the Milky Way Railway.” The 19th Biennial International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) Congress, Frankfurt, Germany. August, 2009.
- “The concept of jiriki (autonomous power) inThe Twin Stars, Kenjû’s Wood andGôshu, the Cellist.” The 18th Biennial International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) Congress, Kyôto, Japan. August, 2007.
- “The Art of Emptiness”: An examination of a Buddhist pictorial representation of childhood as signified through Miyazawa Kenji’s ‘Donguri to Yamaneko’ (Wildcat and the Acorns) at the 17th Biennual International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL) in Ireland (August, 2005).
- “Beyond Dualism: Images of Childhood and Nature in Japanese Picture books of Miyazawa Kenji’s ‘Yukiwatari’ (Snow Crossing)” paper presented to the Australasian Children's Literature Association For Research (ACLAR) Biennial Conference, University of Technology, Sydney, 16 - 17 July, 2004.
- “Subjectivity in Japanese pictorial re-versions of Miyazawa Kenji’s ‘Donguri to Yamaneko’ (Wildcat and the Acorns)’” paper presented to the 15th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Asscociation of Australia (ASAA) at the Australian National University, 29 June – 2 July, 2004.
- "Japanese Picture Books: A Vision of an Immaterial Cosmos in Pictorial Re-presentations of Miyazawa Kenji's 'Yamanashi' (Wild Pear)". Telling a World - Shaping a World: Esthetic and Social Perspectives on Children’s Literature and Media. The 16th Biennial International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) Congress, Agder University College, Kristiansand, Norway. August, 2003
- "The Concept of Erasure in Pictorial Re-presentations of 'Chumon no Oi Ryoriten' The Restaurant of Many Orders)." 13th Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. July, 2003
- 2001: Yamanashi no Ehonka, "Yamanashi' in Visual Representation" in The Proceedings of the Second International Congress of Miyazawa Kenji Studies (in Japanese).