David Barnett Lurie
Associate Professor of Japanese History and Literature,
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia
University (January 2002-present).
(For a pdf of an up-to-date CV click here.)
B.A. in Literature from Harvard University (1993, magna
cum laude); M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2001, with
distinction) in Japanese Literature from Columbia
Selected Papers and Publications (for errata click here; for a list of downloadable
pdfs click here)
- Review essay on Herman Ooms's Imperial Politics
and Symbolics in Ancient Japan in Monumenta
- “A Tale of Two Arrows: The Significant Detail in
Japanese Mythology,” talk at the Center for East Asian
Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 9 October 2013
no mojishi to Man'yoshu [“The Man'yoshu and
the World History of Writing”], Kasama Shoin, 2013
- “Zadankai: Kanbun bunkaken to kodai Nihon: Yunibasaru
na bunka gensho to shite no kanbun kundoku to man'yoka
no shoki” (Dialogue with Kin Bunkyo [moderated and
edited by Shinada Yoshikazu] on “The Sini-textual
cultural sphere and early Japan: Logographic reading
practices as a universal cultural phenomenon and the
inscription of Man’yoshu poetry”), Anahorish
Kokubungaku 1 (Winter 2012)
- Entry on the Man'yoshu
for the Princeton
Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th edition
- “The Dreaming Emperor: Between Myth and History in
Ancient Japan,” talk at the University of Virginia, 2
- “The Development of Japanese Writing,” in The Shape of Script: How
and Why Writing Systems Change, ed.
Stephen Houston, SAR Press, 2012
- Realms of Literacy:
Early Japan and the History of Writing,
Harvard University Asia Center, 2011
- “Tsuda Sokichi (1873-1961) and the Age of the Gods:
The Persistence of Early Modern Approaches to Ancient
Texts,” talk at Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies,
UCLA, 23 May 2011
of the Current Realm: Script, Language, and the
Earliest Japanese Bibliographies,"
Toronto Centre for the Book, 18 March 2011
- review of J. Marshall Unger’s The Role of Contact in the
Origins of the Japanese and Korean Languages,
in Japan Studies
29:3 (December 2009)
- "Man'yoshu no moji
hyogen o kano ni suru joken (oboegaki)" (Notes on
the Factors that Enable Expressive Inscription in the
Man'yoshu), Kokugo to
kokubungaku 84:11 (November 2007).
Writing, and Disciplinarity in the Critique of the
'Ideographic Myth': Some Proleptical Remarks," Language &
Communication 26 (2006)
- "Comparative Literacies of the Ancient World,"
organizer, participant, and chair of roundtable,
American Historical Association Annual Meeting:
Philadelphia, 6 January 2006
- "Orientomology: The
Insect Literature of Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904),"
in JAPANimals: History and Culture in Japan's Animal
Life, ed. Gregory M. Pflugfelder and Brett L.
Walker, University of Michigan Press, 2005.
- "The Author Formerly Known as Prince Shotoku: Royal
Authority and Narratives of Literacy in Early Japan,"
paper delivered, Association of Asian Studies Annual
Meeting: Chicago, 3 April 2005.
- "On the Inscription of the
Hitomaro Poetry Collection: Between Literary History
and the History of Writing," Man'yoshu kenkyu
26 (May 2004).
- "A Tale of Two Turtles: Animal Omens and the
Inscription of Time in Early Japan"; paper delivered,
Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting: San Diego,
5 March 2004.
- "Windows on Japanese
Literature"; six-part monthly newspaper series
introducing modern Japanese authors (Ibuse Masuji, Enchi Fumiko, Inoue Yasushi, Endo Shusaku, Abe Kobo, Ariyoshi Sawako) to
English-speaking readers. Daily Mainichi: Tokyo,
- History of writing systems
- Cultural, intellectual, and literary history of early
- Development of reading systems and Japanese reception
of Chinese texts
- History of Japanese dictionaries and encyclopedias
- Emergence of the hiragana and katakana
syllabaries in 9th century Japan
- Medieval and early modern commentaries on early
- Early modern Japanese epigraphy and archaeology
- History of Japanese linguistic thought
- Japanese and comparative mythology
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