Field: Japanese Literature
Advisor: Haruo Shirane
Phuong is a Ph.D. candidate in premodern Japanese literature. Her research is centered on classical Japanese poetry (waka) of the Heian period, with a special focus on how this versatile form of poetry functioned in the everyday life of the Japanese aristocrat. Using as her primary source a female poet’s personal poetry anthology known as the Ise shū (Lady Ise Collection), which has neither been translated into English in its entirety nor studied in detail in English scholarship, she also hopes to bring attention to the interconnectedness between issues of gender, genres, and patronage in early Heian waka.