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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 University.
Selected Papers and Publications (for errata click here; for a list of downloadable pdfs click here)
Research interests
  • History of writing systems
  • Cultural, intellectual, and literary history of early Japan
  • 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 Japanese texts
  • Early modern Japanese epigraphy and archaeology
  • History of Japanese linguistic thought
  • Japanese and comparative mythology
Contact Information
c/o Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
407 Kent Hall
Columbia University Mail Code 3907
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10027

(212) 854-5316; fax (212) 678-8629

Current and Past Courses 

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