島田ゼミでは、20世紀のアメリカ文学を学んでいます。 昨年は、J.D.Salingerの"The Catcher in the Rye" を、今年は、Mark Twainの"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"(19世紀 のものですが)を読んでいます。ゼミの目標としては、原書で アメリカ文学を深く理解できる力をつけることと、島田先生がKenneth Burkeの文を引用しているとおり、ゼミをパーラーにすることらしいのですが 今の現状では、パーラーには程遠いようです。そのパーラーは、1棟120教室 にあります。

 "Imagine that you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, a discussion too heated for them to pause and tell you exactly what it is about. In fact, the discussion had already begun long before any of them got there, so that no one present is qualified to retrace for you all the steps that had gone before. You listen for a while, until you decide that you have caught the tenor of the argument; then you put in your oar. Someone answers; you answer him; another comes to your defense; another aligns himself against you, to either the embarrassment or gratification of your opponent, depending upon the quality of your ally's assistance. However, the discussion is interminable. The hour grows late, you must depart. And you do depart, with the discussion still vigorously in progress."
(Kenneth Burke, Philosophy of Literary Form)