Date of Award

Spring 4-27-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Modern Languages & Literature

First Advisor

Kai Xie

Second Advisor

Mortimer Guiney

Third Advisor

Hiroaki Satou


Spring in Gambier is a collection of memories documenting Shono’s time spent at Kenyon College. Shono describes the mundane moments of everyday life—such as meals at the Alumni House (now the Kenyon Inn), house calls, and a walk down Middle Path—as if writing for a documentary. He reminisces on the Kenyon College he knew during his time spent here in the late 1950s, and reflects on how it compares to the school he encountered twenty years later in 1978. In his eyes, among the most striking changes were the passing of faculty and friends he’d once known, as well as Kenyon’s gradual transition from an all-male institution to a co-ed campus; this notion of transience is ever-present throughout the work. His personal memories are accompanied by rich historical details of Gambier and Kenyon College, making for a captivating personal and local history of this small village in Ohio. This project covers the first three chapters of Spring in Gambier.

Rights Statement

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