Field: Japanese Literature
Advisor: Tomi Suzuki
Daniel is a PhD candidate in Japanese literature. His research examines the role of translation – linguistic, conceptual, and otherwise – in the formation of the intellectual and literary culture of Meiji Japan. He is currently engaged with the many poetic, prosaic and philosophical translations undertaken by Mori Ōgai in the Meiji 20’s (1887-97). His 2020 MA thesis worked to destabilize the literary-historical paradigm which inscribes Meiji fiction as part of a program of linguistic vernacularization and modernization, examining particular usages of stylized narration in works by Futabatei Shimei, Mori Ōgai and Natsume Sōseki. Before joining the program, Daniel received a BA in Mathematics at Princeton in 2014, and an MA in Statistics at Stanford in 2016. He is also an avid rock musician and language learner.