Field: Japanese Literature
Advisor: Haruo Shirane
Oliver is a Ph.D. student in premodern Japanese literature. Before joining the program at Columbia, Oliver received his B.A. (2015) and M.Phil (2016) from the University of Cambridge. His dissertations centered on the mid-nineteenth century hanashibon (“jest-book”) series, Kotowaza Heso no yadogae, by Ikkadō Hansui, and the kibyōshi (“yellow-covered books”) of Santō Kyōden, with a theoretical focus on the use of translation as an epistemological tool. Oliver also participates in group research projects transcribing and translating a variety of Edo Period wahon texts.