理事長的話


 

中華民國英美文學學會今年已邁入第二十五個年頭。現任理事長為國立臺灣師範大學英語系蘇子中教授(民國1051月迄今)。本屆理事有李有成、林玉珍、林明澤、陳音頤、陳國榮、單德興、馮品佳、黃心雅、蔡振興、蘇子中、蘇其康等教授;王儀君(兼監事長)、何文敬、陳淑卿等教授為監事。秘書處目前設於臺灣師範大學英語系,現任秘書長為吳佩如教授,行政與學術資訊秘書為林嘉鴻研究員,秘書助理為王淳菱小姐。

 

中華民國英美文學學會創立於一九九一年一月,發起人為已故朱立民教授。在此之前,國內英美文學界雖然沒有正式的學術活動組織,但是在一九八○年代初,朱教授即發起全國各校外國語文學系(含英國語文學系與西洋語文學系)系主任聯誼會,各系主任每年不定期聚會,交換課程改革意見與分享教學經驗,並促成自一九八六年起每年(有時每兩年)舉辦一次的全國英美文學研討會。到了一九八九年,為了凝聚學界力量與推廣英美文學研究,同時避免研究範疇過於偏向美國文學,而導致對英國文學的關注失衡與研究人才斷層,朱教授開始推動成立英美文學學會,作為國內學者互相切磋及國際學術交流的平台。朱教授的提議獲得朱炎、田維新、齊邦媛、余光中、顏元叔、侯健、胡耀恆、黃美序、余玉照、滕以魯、林耀福、彭鏡禧、張漢良、李有成、單德興、宋美璍、蘇其康等四十多位教授的熱烈支持。經過一年多的籌設,中華民國英美文學學會終於在一九九一年一月二十日經內政部核准正式成立,第一任理事長為朱立民教授,總幹事(第二屆後改稱秘書長)為田維新教授。

 

學會成立之後,主要工作在籌辦英美文學研討會(由各校英/外文系輪流承辦),籌劃《英美文學評論》出版事宜,並於第二屆理、監事會議時成立編輯委員會(成員包括朱炎、滕以魯等教授),以利刊物的出版,並在第二任理事長朱炎教授任內排除萬難,於一九九三年推出創刊號。從第二期開始,學會情商知名學者出任主編,訂定專輯主題,以提升刊物之學術水準,《英美文學評論》迄今已出刊二十五期。最新兩期分別於二○一四年六月及十二月出版,順利達成每年出版兩期之目標。國立中山大學外文系張錦忠教授於二○一四年一月十五日接任主編,任期兩年,主編四期。第二十五、第二十六期及第二十七期專題分別為「文學與情感」、「翻譯及英美文學」及「英美詩與詩論」。

 

除《英美文學評論》以外,朱教授也積極推動「英美文學講座」,並邀請國外學者來台演講,以廣交流。第一屆全國英美文學研討會在學會成立之前於一九八六年十月由國立中興大學外文系主辦,後來由成功大學、中山大學等校英/外文系輪流接棒。當年會議創始時並不限題材,論文作者各依專長發揮,後來每屆擬訂會議主題,討論焦點更為集中。歷年來的主題有「文藝復興作品的閱讀與理論」、「英美文學在台灣」、「莎士比亞在東方」等座談會,並與其他學術單位合辦了Ronald HarwoodHouston BakerWolfgang IserManthia Diawara朱立民、彭鏡禧、亞裔美國文學學者兼作家林玉玲(Shirley Geok-lin Lim)等國內外知名學者的演講。議題多能反映當前學術趨勢,對國內英美文學研究與國際學術潮流接軌頗有助益。早期研討會論文會後由承辦單位出版論文集,近年則請論文作者修訂後自由投稿《英美文學評論》。另外值得一提的是,英美文學研討會創始之初,朱立民教授極力主張落實「英美文學本土化」,鼓勵學者以中文撰寫與發表論文,惟各校英/外文系亦有不少不諳中文的外籍學者,故相關英文論文合乎審查標準者也予以接受。英美文學研討會至今已舉辦了二十三屆,第二十三屆英美文學學術研討會由成功大學外文系籌辦,並已圓滿幕;第二十四屆英美文學術術研討會將於二○一六年十月二十九日假交通大學舉行,此次主題為「頻頻回首:歷史、時間、記憶」,歡迎英美學界人士踴躍參加

 

中華民國英美文學學會理事長            

 

蘇子中 敬上

 

Founded in 1991, the English and American Literature Association (EALA) of the Republic of China seeks to integrate research resources in Taiwan, promote studies on English and American literature, and facilitate academic communication across national boundaries. For two decades, due to the diligent efforts of the founding President Professor Limin Chu, his successors, and all Board members, EALA has blossomed into a family of over 200 members (including 22 permanent members), thereby having become a major force on English and American literature research.

 

The EALA promotes research in English and American literature. It has hosted and will continue to host the annual conferences with departments of English or foreign languages at universities in Taiwan. Besides, the EALA official journal Review of English and American Literature, published twice a year, is included in the Taiwan Humanities Citation Index (THCI) Core list and among the top-ranked journals in the Ministry of Science and Technology Rating and Ranking of domestic journals related to Foreign Language Studies in Taiwan. These honors prove that the EALA has achieved excellence in promoting the publication of research papers on English and American Literature. To this end and to act as a source of guidance and encouragement to young scholars, the EALA plans to host lecture series on academic publications, inviting scholars well-versed in this aspect to shed light on publishing articles in domestic and international journals.

 

Other than performing its routine operations; the EALA aims to enlarge the efforts the former Presidents have made in recruiting member and circulating academic information, to enhance the quality of the Review of English and American Literature, and to update the Chinese and English-language web pages. In the meantime, the EALA intends to take the initiative to contact peer associations in the world for potential cooperation, for example, to organize international conferences that help to strengthen the ties with other parts of the world.

 

The Association’s effective management depends on the expert advice of our Board members as well as the hard work of the Secretariat. Here I would like to give special thanks to the current Board members for their counsel and support. I also want to express my deepest gratitude to all team members for their invaluable efforts, service, and assistance: Vice President Dr. Min-Tser Lin, Secretary General Dr. Pei-Ju Wu, Administrative and Academic Info Secretary Dr. Chia-Hung Lin, Secretary Assistant Ms. Hui-Wei Pang, Editor of the Review of English and American Literature Dr. TEE Kim Tong, and Assistant Secretary Ms. Chien-Ting Yeh. It is my genuine hope that with the joint efforts of every team member, the EALA will emerge as an ever more prominent presence in the literary scene domestic and abroad.

 

Yours faithfully,
Tsu-Chung Su