会長挨拶

                           池田 功 (国際啄木学会会長)

 

 26歳で亡くなった啄木は、外国に行ったことはありませんでした。しかし、十代の啄木はアメリカに行きたいと本気で考え、そこにいる友人に手紙まで出しています。短い晩年には中国の辛亥革命に感動し行ってみたいと書いています。また、生涯を通じて西欧、東洋のたくさんの外国文学作品を読み勉強しています。

そんな啄木の作品は、短歌を中心に、詩、小説、評論、日記など、現在14の言語で17ヶ国に翻訳されています。短歌において興味深いのは、翻訳者によって三行、五行、あるいは七行と異なった行分けで訳されていることです。そんな翻訳のことだけでも大変興味深いテーマで、今回の大会でもそれぞれの見解が示されることになると思われます。

 国際啄木学会は、これまでアジアを中心に7回の外国大会を行ってきました。しかし、英語圏では初めてのことになります。このような大会を開催することができますのも、シドニー大学のカールソン先生、国際交流基金シドニー文化センターの遠藤所長、そして大会実行委員長の望月先生をはじめとします皆様方のお陰です。心より感謝申し上げます。また、基調講演をしてくださいます、パルパース先生にも御礼申し上げます。

 大会が成功裡に終わりますことを祈念致しまして、挨拶とさせていただきます。

 

 

Isao Ikeda (President of International Society of TAKUBOKU Studies)

 

Dear Colleagues,

TAKUBOKU Ishikawa, who passed away at the age of 26, had never been abroad. However, he really wanted to go to America in the days of his teens. He even sent a letter to his friend who lived there. In his short later years, TAKUBOKU wrote that; he was so deeply impressed by the political revolution in China, the ‘Shingai Revolution’ in 1911, that he himself wanted to go to China. Moreover, throughout his life, he read and studied a great deal of Western and Oriental literary works.

Those works of TAKUBOKU, including mainly tanka as well as poems, novels, criticism, his diary and so on have been translated into 14 languages in 17 countries. It is particularly interesting that, according to the translators, his tanka are written in three lines, five lines, and seven lines. Those various aspects of translation make a very stimulating theme of this meeting. We expect that we will have many significant presentations.

The International Society of TAKUBOKU Studies Meetings have been held seven times in foreign countries, mostly in Asia, so far. This will be the first time for us to have such a meeting in an English-speaking country. I am very grateful to Dr. Mats Karlsson from the University of Sydney, Mr. Nao Endo, Director of Japan Foundation Sydney, and Prof. Yoshitsugui Mochizuki, Chairman of the Executive Committee. I also appreciate the help of Mr. Roger Pulvers, the key-note speaker of this meeting. Let me conclude my greeting by expressing my sincere hope that, with your participation, we will be able to have a very successful meeting here in Sydney. Thank you very much.