Field: Japanese Literature
Advisor: Haruo Shirane
Hana is a Ph.D. student of premodern Japanese literature and performance. She received her B.A. in comparative literature from Princeton University in 2017. Hana’s research focuses on the configuration of monogurui (derangement) in portrayals of the “feminine” in a number of medieval nō plays. She is interested in how monogurui is mediated overwhelmingly through the female body, in nō as well as in other literary and dramatic genres of Japan’s premodern period. Her research engages with this gendered monogurui as an aesthetic mode precipitated by tensions between spiritual attachment and embodied transgression, while seeking to yield insights to Japanese performative representations of gender more broadly. A firm believer in scholarship informed by praxis, Hana has been taking nō dance and chant lessons for several years.