Cal Young's paper “The Imaginary Reality of Terayama Shuji” has been awarded the Stanley Spector Memorial Award for Outstanding Paper in East Asian Studies in the undergraduate category.
This award was established in the memory of Dr. Stanley Spector (1925-1999), who was founder and Chair of the Department of Chinese and Japanese at Washington University from its inception in 1962 until 1973. Dr. Spector held various other positions from 1971 to 1989, including Chair of the Committee on Asian Studies and Director of International Studies. The award includes a $100 prize.
In his paper, Cal performs a cross-analysis of the theater, poetry, cinema, and fiction of avant-garde artist Terayama Shuji (1935-1983), analyzing how Terayama blurred the boundary between fiction and reality in his work and in his life.
Cal also presented his paper as part of a panel on Japanese cinema at the 2018 Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Undergraduate Conference at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, on April 7.