Field: Japanese Literature
Advisor: Haruo Shirane
Maho Miyazaki is a PhD candidate in premodern Japanese literature. Before joining Columbia she received her BA (2012) and MA (2014) in English literature from Kyoto University. Her research project focuses on theories on cross-dressing in noh plays; how men in the 14th to 15th centuries imagined and recreated female body, and how gender and age of actors have affected the theorization of female impersonation. Her research also includes comparisons with two other transvestite theatrical genres, kabuki and English Renaissance theatre, and the changes and evolvement in female impersonation brought about by the participation of female professional noh performers since the 20th century.