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BA: Harvard University (’93)
MA: Columbia University (’96)
PhD: Columbia University (’01)
ASCE UN1361 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Japan
CPLS GU4111 World Philology
HSEA GR9875 Graduate Seminar in the Cultural History of Premodern Japan
Japanese History and Literature, Technology of Language in Premodern Japan
In addition to the history of writing systems and literacy, David Lurie’s research interests include: the literary and cultural history of premodern Japan; the Japanese reception of Chinese literary, historical, and technical writings; the development of Japanese dictionaries and encyclopedias; and the history of linguistic thought. Professor Lurie’s first book investigated the development of writing systems in Japan through the Heian period. Entitled Realms of Literacy: Early Japan and the History of Writing, it was awarded the Lionel Trilling Award in 2012. He is currently preparing a new scholarly monograph, tentatively entitled The Emperor’s Dreams: Reading Japanese Mythology. Along with Haruo Shirane and Tomi Suzuki, he was co-editor of the Cambridge History of Japanese Literature (2015), to which he contributed chapters on myths, histories, gazetteers, and early literature in general.
Please see his website for a complete list of publications and contributions.
Realms of Literacy: Early Japan and the History of Writing (Harvard University Asia Center, 2011)
“The Development of Japanese Writing,” in The Shape of Script: How and Why Writing Systems Change (SAR Press, 2012)
“Language, Writing, and Disciplinarity in the Critique of the ‘Ideographic Myth,’” Language & Communication (2006)