Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies Program
List of Recent Alumni (1993 – present)
Yiwen Shen (2021)
“The Female Body, Motherhood, and Old Age: Representations of Women in Hell in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Japan,” Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University.
Nhat-Phuong Ngo-Vu (2021)
“Envisioning Lady Ise: Poetic Persona, Performance, and Multiple Authorship in Classical Japanese Poetry,” Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University.
Joshua Rogers (2020)
“Enchanted Texts: Japanese Literature Between Religion and Science, 1890-1950,” Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University, 2020- 2021.
Jeffrey Tyler Walker (2019)
“Battle in the Village: Literature and the Fight for the Japanese Countryside (1910-1938),” Visiting Assistant Professor, Kalamazoo College.
Chi Zhang (2019)
“Loyalty, Filial Piety, and Multiple “Chinas” in the Japanese Cultural Imagination, 12th – 16th Centuries,” Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University, 2019-2020, Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese, Bates College.
Reeves, Kristopher (2018)
“Of Poetry, Patronage, and Politics: From Saga to Michizane, Sinitic Poetry in the Early Heian Court,” Assistant Professor, Waseda University.
Matthieu Felt (2017)
“Rewriting the Past: Textual Structure and Commentarial Legerdemain in Japan’s First Official History,” Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 2017-2018; Assistant Professor, University of Florida.
Thomas Gaubatz (2016)
“Townsman Literatures: Narrating Urban Identity in Early Modern Japan,” Assistant Professor, Northwestern University.
Charles Woolley (2016)
“Adjusting to the Times: Kanagaki Robun, Gesaku Rhetoric, and the Production of Early Meiji Literature,” Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University.
Pau Pitarch Fernandez (2015)
“Cultivated Madness: Aesthetics, Psychology and the Literary Market in Modern Japan,” Associate Professor, Waseda University.
Ariel Stilerman (2015)
“Learning with Waka Poetry: Transmission and Production of Social Knowledge and Cultural Memory in Premodern Japan,” Assistant Professor, Stanford University.
Shiho Takai (2014)
“Women and Crime: Drama and Fiction in Early Modern Japan,” Associate Professor, Waseda University.
Daniel Poch (2014)
“Ethics of Emotion in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Literature: Shunsui, Bakin, the Political Novel, Shōyō, and Sōseki,” Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong.
Christina Yi (2013)
“Fissured Languages of Empire: Gender, Ethnicity, and Literature in Japan and Korea, 1930s–1950s.” Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada.
David Atherton (2013)
“Valences of Vengeance: The Moral Imagination of Early Modern Japanese Vendetta Fiction.” Assistant Professor, Harvard University.
Jennifer Guest (2013)
“Primers, Commentaries, and Kanbun Literacy in Japanese Literary Culture, 950-1250.” Associate Professor, Oxford University, UK.
Nan Hartmann (2013)
“From Translation to Adaptation: Reception of Chinese Language Texts in Early Modern Japan,” Assistant Professor, Earlham College.
Gian Piero Persiani (2012)
“Mid-Heian Waka: Anatomy of a Cultural Phenomenon.” Assistant Professor, University of Illinois.
Hitomi Yoshio (2012)
“Envisioning Women Writers: Female Authorship and the Cultures of Publishing and Translation in Early 20th Century Japan.” Associate Professor, Waseda University.
Nathan Shockey (2012)
“Literary Writing, Print Media, and Urban Space in Early 20th Century Japan.” Assistant Professor, Bard College.
Robert Tuck (2012)
“Masaoka Shiki and the Literature of Dialogue: Media, Sociality and Poetry in Meiji Japan.” Assistant Professor, University of Montana.
Saeko Shibayama (2012)
“The Convergence of the Ways: The Twilight of Early Chinese Literary Studies and the Rise of Waka Poetics in the Long Twelfth Century.” Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii.
Anri Yasuda (2011)
“Imaging the World: The Literature and Aesthetics of Mori Ogai, the Shirakaba School, and Akutagawa Ryunosuke.” Assistant Professor, George Washington University.
Satoko Naito (2010)
“The Making of Murasaki Shikibu: Constructing Authorship, Gendering Readership, and Legitimizing The Tale of Genji.” Assistant Professor, University of Maryland.
Mathew Thompson (2009)
“The Tales of Yoshitsune: A Study of Genre, Narrative Paradigms, and Cultural Memory in Medieval and Early Modern Japan.” Assistant Professor, Sophia University, Japan.
Satoko Shimazaki (2008)
“Shadows of Jealousy: Nanboku’s Yotsuya kaidan and the Tradition of Female Ghosts in Japanese Culture,” Associate Professor, University of Southern California.
Kerim Yasar (2008)
Electrified voices: Media technology and discourse in modern Japan.” Assistant Professor, University of Southern California.
Akiko Takeuchi (2007)
“Diegesis and Mimesis in Noh Drama.” Professor, Hōsei University, Japan.
Michael Emmerich (2007)
“Replacing the Text: Translation, Canonization, and The Tale of Genji.” Associate Professor, UCLA.
Scott Lineberger (2006)
“The Genesis of Haikai: Transforming the Japanese Poetic Tradition through Parody, Defamiliarization, and Ambiguity.” Assistant Professor, Beloit University.
Jack Stoneman (2005)
“Constructing Saigyo: Biography, Poetry, and Medieval Reception.” Associate Professor, Brigham Young University.
Satoru Saito (2005)
“Allegories of Detective Fiction: Confession, Social Mobility, and the Modern Japanese Novel, 1880-1930.” Associate Professor, Rutgers University.
Jamie Newhard (2005)
“Genre, Secrecy, and the Book: A History of Late Medieval and Early Modern Literary Scholarship on Ise monogatari.” Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis.
Torquil Duthie (2004)
“Poetry and Kingship in Ancient Japan.” Associate Professor, UCLA.
Christina Laffin (2004)
“Women, Travel, and Cultural Production in Kamakura Japan: A Socio-Literary Analysis of Izayoi nikki and Towazugatari.” Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada.
Anne Commons (2003)
“The Canonization of Hitomaro: Paradigm of the Poet as God.” Associate Professor, University of Alberta, Canada.
Peter Flueckiger (2003)
“Poetry and Culture in 18th Century Japanese Literary Thought.” Professor, Pomona College.
Jonathan Zwicker (2002)
“Tears of Blood: Melodrama, The Novel, and the Social Imaginary in Nineteenth-Century Japan.” Associate Professor, University of California Berkeley.
David Lurie (2001)
“The Origins of Writing in Early Japan: From the 1st to the 8th Century C.E.” Associate Professor, Columbia University.
Cheryl Crowley (2001)
“Buson and The Back of Basho Movement.” Associate Professor, Emory University.
Naomi Fukumori (2001)
“Makura no sōshi: The Stepchild of the Japanese Canon.” Associate Professor, Ohio State University.
Indra Levy (2000)
“Sirens of the Western Shore: Westernized Women and Translation in Modern Japanese Literature.” Associate Professor, Stanford University.
Gustav Heldt (2000)
“Composing Courtiers: Poetic Visions of Gender, Writing, and Ritual at the Heian Court.” Associate Professor, University of Virginia.
Keith Vincent (2000)
“Writing Sexuality: Heteronormativity, Homophobia and the Homosocial Subject in Modern Japan.” Associate Professor, Boston University.
Masaaki Kinugawa (1999)
Professor, Hosei University, Japan.
Pammy Eddinger (1999)
“From Obsession to Deliverance: The Evolving Landscape of the Feminine Psyche in the Works of Enchi Fumiko.” Administrator, Moorepark College.
Christopher Hill (1999)
“National History and the World of Nations: Writing Japan, France, and the United States, 1870-1900.” Assistant Professor, University of Michigan.
Eve Zimmermann (1997)
“A Language of Rebellion: Myth, Violence and Identity in the Fiction of Nakagami Kenji.” Associate Professor, Wellesley College.
Kevin Collins (1997)
“Seizing Spirits: The Chinkon Ritual and Early Japanese Literature.” Associate professor, Wakayama University, Japan.
David Bialock (1996)
“Issues in Medieval Narrative Discourse: The Tale of Heike.” Associate professor, University of Southern California.
Seiji Lippit (1996)
“Japanese Modernism and The Destruction of Literary Form: The Writings of Akutagawa, Yokomitsu, and Kawabata.” Professor, UCLA.
John Carpenter (1996)
“Fujiwara no Yukinari and the Development of Heian Court Calligraphy.” Curator of Japanese Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Peipei Qiu (1994)
“Poetics of the Natural: A Study of Taoist Influence on Bashō.” Professor, Vassar College.
Takashi Wakui (1994)
“Prosody, Diction, and Lyricism in Modern Japanese Poetry.” Nagoya University, Japan.
Joan Ericson (1993)
“Hayashi Fumiko and Japanese Women’s Literature.” Professor, Colorado College.
Steven Dodd (1993)
“An Embracing Vision: Representations of the Countryside in Early 20th-Century Japanese Literature.” Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), SOAS, London, UK.