Field: Japanese Literature
Advisor: Haruo Shirane
Kristopher is currently a PhD candidate interested in issues of literary heteroglossia, focusing primarily on Chinese-style poetry (kanshi) composed by Japanese writers in the ninth and tenth century. Kristopher seeks to draw more attention to the so-called private or family anthologies (shikashū) of Chinese-style poetry. He is currently exploring, on the one hand, ways in which these family anthologies adapted, combined, and, by interweaving poetic traditions taken over from the world of waka verse, significantly transformed earlier genres of Chinese-style poetry, and, on the other, how these literary transformations might be understood simultaneously as sociopolitical responses to different types of readers, from the exalted patron to the fellow poet.