Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
407 Kent Hall, Dept. East Asian Lang. & Cultures
Columbia University, NY., NY. 10027.
Tel. 212-854-5027, Fax. 212-678-8629
- Shinchō Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture, Columbia U, 1996-
- Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University, 1993-
- Associate Professor, Columbia University, 1989-93 (tenured 1990)
- Assistant Professor, Columbia University, 1987-89
- Assistant Prof., East Asian Lang. & Cultures, U. of Southern Calif., 1982-86
Fellowships and Grants
- Japanese Visual Culture: Performance, Media, Text Conference, funded by East Asian Weatherhead Institute,
Department of East Asian Languages and Culture, Donald Keene Center for Japanese Culture, National Institute for Japanese Literature ($25,000)
- Weatherhead Conference Fund, for The Story of the Stony and the Tale of the Genji in
Modern China and Japan: Issues in Media, Technology, Gender, and National Identity
- Kajima Foundation for the Arts, for Envisioning The Tale of Genji, August, 2007
- Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, for Envisioning The Tale of Genji, June 2007
- Toshiba Foundation, “The Tale of Genji in Japan” symposium, March, 2005
- Japan Foundation, “The Tale of Genji in Japan” symposium, March, 2005
- Japan Foundation Research Fellowship, “Culture of the Four Seasons,” 2002
- Itoh Scholarship Foundation, “Inventing the Classics” symposium, 1996-97
- NEH Higher Education Grant, "Non-Western Core Curriculum," 1993-95
- Sherman Fairchild Foundation Grant, "Columbia College Core Curriculum," 1992-95
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, 1992
- ACLS and Social Science Research Council Advanced Research Grant, 1992
- National Endowment for the Humanities (Summer Stipend), 1990
- Columbia University Council on Research/Faculty Development, 1988, 1989
- Northeast Asia Council Japan Studies Grant, Summer 1987
- Japan Foundation Senior Fellowship, 1986-87
- University of Southern California University Scholar, 1986
- USC Faculty Research and Innovation Fund Award, Summer 1983
- Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship, 1981-2
- Japan Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 1980-81
- President's Fellowship, Columbia University, 1979-80
- NDFL Title VI Fellowship, Columbia University, 1977-79
- Rackham First Year Award, University of Michigan, 1976-77
- Phi Beta Kappa, Tarakanath Das Foundation Prize in Oriental Studies, Columbia College, 1974
Professional and Community Service
- Advisory Board, Monumenta Nipponica, 2004-present
- MLA Advisory Committee on Foreign Languages and Literatures, Fall, 1999-2001
- Board of Directors, Association of Teachers of Japanese, 1993-96
- Board of Directors, Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies, 1988-91
- NEH University Fellowship Selection Committee, 1990-91
- Reader for Monumenta Nipponica, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Journal of Japanese Studies, Stanford University Press, U. of Michigan Press, Columbia University Press, Modern Language Association, Curzon Press
- Tenure and promotion reviewer for Pomona College, Wellesley College, UC Davis, Univ. of Alberta, U.C. Irvine, UCLA, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, Stanford University, University of Notre Dame, University of Florida, Rutgers University, University of Hawaii, University of Oregon, University of California Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Southern California.
PhD Student Advisement
- Satoko Naito (sponsor), “The Making of Murasaki Shikibu: Constructing Authorship, Gendering Readership, and Legitimizing The Tale of Genji” (2010), Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
- Mathew Thompson (sponsor), “The Tales of Yoshitsune: A Study of Genre, Narrative Paradigms, and Cultural Memory in Medieval and Early Modern Japan” (2009), Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Sophia University
- Satoko Shimazaki (sponsor), “Shadows of Jealousy: Nanbokus Yotsuya kaidan and the Tradition of Female Ghosts in Japanese Culture” (2008), Assistant Professor, University of Colorado
- Kerim Yasar (second reader), “Technology and Modern Fiction” (2008), Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton
- Akiko Takeuchi (sponsor), “Diegesis and Mimesis in Noh Drama” (2007), Assistant Professor, Hōsei University
- Michael Emmerich (sponsor), “Replacing the Text: Translation, Canonization, and The Tale of Genji” (2007), Post-doc, Princeton University
- Scott Lineberger (sponsor), “The Genesis of Haikai: Transforming the Japanese Poetic Tradition through Parody, Defamiliarization, and Ambiguity” (2006), Assistant Professor, Beloit University
- Tomoko Sakomura (second reader), “Text-Image in Late Medieval Japanese Painting” (2006), Assistant Professor, Swathmore College
- I-Hsien Wu (second reader), “Dream of the Red Chamber” (2006), Assistant Professor, The New School
- Jack Stoneman (sponsor), “Constructing Saigyo: Biography, Poetry, and Medieval Reception” (2005), Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University
- Jamie Newhard (sponsor), “Genre, Secrecy, and the Book: A History of Late Medieval and Early Modern Literary Scholarship on Ise monogatari” (2005), Assistant Professor, Washington University
- Satoru Saito (second reader), “Allegories of Detective Fiction: Confession, Social Mobility, and the Modern Japanese Novel, 1880-1930” (2005), Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
- Torquil Duthie (sponsor), “Poetry and Kingship in Ancient Japan” (2004), Assistant Professor, UCLA
- Christina Laffin (sponsor), "Women, Travel, and Cultural Production in Kamakura Japan: A Socio-Literary Analysis of Izayoi nikki and Towazugatari" (2004), Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
- Anne Commons (sponsor), “The Canonization of Hitomaro: Paradigm of the Poet as God" (2003), Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
- Peter Flueckiger (sponsor), “Poetry and Culture in 18th Century Japanese Literary Thought” (2003), Assistant Professor, Pomona College
- David Lurie (sponsor), “The Origins of Writing in Early Japan: From the 1st to the 8th Century C.E." (2001), Assistant Professor, Columbia University
- Cheryl Crowley (sponsor), “Buson and The Back of Basho Movement” (2001), Assistant Professor, Emory University
- Naomi Fukumori (sponsor), “Makura no sōshi: The Stepchild of the Japanese Canon” (2001), Assistant Professor, Ohio State
- Indra Levy (second reader), “Sirens of the Western Shore: Westernized Women and Translation in Modern Japanese Literature” (2000), Assistant Professor, Stanford University
- Gus Heldt (sponsor), “Composing Courtiers: Poetic Visions of Gender, Writing, and Ritual at the Heian Court” (2000), Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
- David Bialock (sponsor), “Issues in Medieval Narrative Discourse: The Tale of Heike” (1996), Associate professor, University of Southern California
- Kevin Collins (sponsor), “Seizing Spirits: The Chinkon Ritual and Early Japanese Literature” (1997), Assistant professor, Wakayama University
- Seiji Lippit (second reader), “Japanese Modernism and The Destruction of Literary Form: The Writings of Akutagawa, Yokomitsu, and Kawabata” (1997), Associate professor, UCLA
- John Carpenter (second reader), “Fujiwara no Yukinari and the Development of Heian Court Calligraphy” (1996), Assistant professor, SOAS, London
- Masako Watanabe (second reader), “Narrative Framing in Handscrolls: The Japanese Emaki Tradition” (1995), Metropolitan Museum
- Peipei Qiu (sponsor), “Poetics of the Natural: A Study of Taoist Influence on Bashō” (1994), Associate professor, Vassar College
- Steven Dodd (second reader), “An Embracing Vision: Representations of the Countryside in early 20th c. Japanese Literature” (1993), Associate professor, SOAS, London
Organizer of International Symposia
- Co-organizer of “Waka Workshop III: Gatherings Beneath the Dai: Seasonal Topics in Hyakushu and Utaawase,” Columbia University. March 28-29, 2008
- Organizer of “New Horizons in Japanese Literary Studies,” at Meiji gakuin, Tokyo, 11th Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), June 23, 2007
- Co-organizer of “The Tale of Genji in Japan and the World: Social Imaginary, media, and Cultural Production,” Columbia University, March 25-26, 2005
- Co-organizer of “Canon Formation: Gender, Nationalism, and Japanese Literature,” Columbia University, March 1997
Recent Invited Talks
- “Envisioning The Tale of Genji: Canonization, Popularization, and Visual Culture,” Stanley Specter Lecture, Washington University, April 2008.
- “Orthodoxy and Unorthodoxy in Horikawa hyakushu,” Waka Workshop III, Columbia University, March 2008
- “Sennen no Genji: Why The Tale of Genji Matters Today,” Keynote Speech, Association of Teachers of Japanese, Atlanta, March, 2008.
- “Textual and Visual Transpositions: Harunobu’s Eight Parlor Views and Variations on the Eight Views of Xiao and Xiang,” for Designed for Pleasure exhibition, Asia Society, March 1, 2008, to be published in Impressions.
- “Insects, Fish, and Food in Edo Poetry and Visual Culture,” Narrative and Edo Prose Literature Workshop, Rome, Italy, May 30-June 1, 2007
- “Popular Culture, Translation, Japanese Literature,” Rikkyō University, Tokyo, Nov. 2006.
- “The Tale of Genji: Visuality, Canonization, and Popularization,” University of Pittsburgh, Sept. 2006.
- “The Tale of Genji: Canonization, Popularization, and the Power of Writerly Readings,” Nihon joshidai (Japan Women’s College), July 2006.
- “Translating Landscape: Early Japanese Transformations of Chinese Poetic Topics,” for Translatio: Translation and Cultural Appropriation in the Ancient World, Columbia University, March 3-4, 2006.
- “Waka, Monogatari, and Power: The Tale of Genji,” for Tale of Genji and World of Waka International Symposium, Aoyama Gakuin Daigaku, Jan. 2006.
- “Canon Formation, Popularization, and The Tale of Genji,” Brigham Young University, Nov. 7, 2005.
- “Gendering Nature in Japanese Poetry,” for “New Gender Constructs in Literature, the Visual and the Performing Arts of Modern China and Japan” Conference, Heidelberg, Germany, Oct. 28-31, 2004.
- “Shifting Poetic Landscape: From Agrarian Seasons to Court Seasons,” U. of Washington, Seattle, Oct.2004.
- “Seasonal Topics, Cultural Memory, and Social Structure,” at Iwanami Hall, Tokyo, Japan, August 15, 2004.
- “The Tale of Genji as Imagined Classic: Culture, Authority, and Canon Formation,” keynote speaker for Annual Convention of Zendaigaku kokugo kokubungakukai, Osaka University, Japan, Dec. 7, 2003.
- “Love in the Four Seasons, the Four Seasons in Love—Gender and Genre in Japanese Poetry,” University of British Columbia, April 3, 2003.
- “The Construction of Love in Japanese Poetry,” Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University, February, 2003.
- “Historicizing the Japanese Classics,” Dept. of Japanese Language and Culture, Tsukuba University, Dec. 18, 2002.
- “Issues in Canon Formation, Past and Future,” Korean History Museum, Seoul, Korea, sponsored by Center for Ko rean Studies, Inha University, Dec. 10, 2002.
- “Historicizing the Japanese Classics,” Dept. of Japanese Literature, University of Tokyo, Hongo, Dec. 4, 2002.
- “Landscape in Bashō, Poetics of Haiku,” Matsuyama, Ehime, Dec. 1, 2002.
- “Love and Time in Japanese Poetry, from Waka to Haikai,” Dept. of Comparative Literature, University of Tokyo, Komaba, Nov. 19, 2002.
- “Landscape and Seasons in Japanese Poetry,” Special Lecture on the 30th Anniversary of the Kokubungaku shiryōkan, Tokyo, Nov. 16, 2002.
- “Love and Seasonal Topics, Japanese Poetry from Waka to Haiku,” Special public lecture at Osaka shoin Women’s College, Nov. 9, 2002.
- “Canonization and Curriculum,” Kokugo kyōiku gakkai, at Waseda University, Oct. 12, 2002.
- “Seasonal Topics in Japanese Poetry,” Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, Sept. 23-24, 2002.
- “Modern Textbooks and The Construction of Japanese National Literature,” Gaigodai University, Tokyo, Japan, July 20, 2002.
- “Tanabata, Visuality, and Japanese Poetry,” Rikkyō University, July 6, 2002.
- “Discovering Japanese Literature,” Tsuru bunka University, Tokyo, Japan, June 26, 2002.
- “Haikai, Modern Haiku, and English Haiku,” Seishin University, Tokyo, June, 2002.
- “Annual Observances and Japanese Poetry,” Yūseikai, Tokyo, Japan, May 2002.
- “Canon, Japanese Literature, and the Seasons,” Harvard University, May 2002.
- “Poetry in Performance,” as part of “Literature and Performance” project for the Centre for Asian and African Literatures, SOAS, University of London, July 4-5, 2001.
- “Art in the Life of Edo Haiku Poets,” for Haiku North America, at Boston Museum of Fine Arts, June 29, 2001.
- “Foreign-ness: Attraction and Isolation, Past and Future of East Asian Languages and Cultures,” for ADFL (Association of Department of Foreign Languages) Summer Session, Middlebury College, June 5, 2001.
- “Family Poetics: A Theory of Japanese Poetry,” European Association of Japanese Studies, Lahti, Finland, August 24, 2000.
- “Landscape, Communality, and Cultural Memory: Matsuo Basho’s Poetry and Paintings,” Tallin, Estonia, August, 22, 2000.
- “Landscape, Communality, and Cultural Memory: Matsuo Basho’s Poetry and Paintings,” University of Texas at Austin, April 24, 2000.
- “Edo Literature: State of the Field,” Ohio State University, April 23, 2000.
- “Construction of Poetic Essence (Hon’i) as Japanese Literary Canon,” Speaker and panel organizer, Conference on Issue of Canonicity and Canon Formation in Japanese Literary Studies, Association for Japanese Literary Studies, November 12-14, 1999, Boulder, Colorado
- “Haiku: Looking West,” Haiku North America, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, July 10, 1999
- “Literary Theory and Canon Formation: The Construction of "Japanese Literature," School of Oriental and African Studies/IIAS Workshop on “Literature/ Theory/ China/ Japan,” London, June 23-25 1999
- “Redefining The Field of Classical Japanese Literature and Language: Crisis and Opportunity,” Ohio State, May 18, 1999.
- “Richard Wright and Haiku,” Trinity School, New York City, Sponsored by Black Books. February, 10, 1999
- “The Art of Haiku,” Japan Society, New York City, Feb. 20, 1999
- “Constructing Japanese Literature—Canon and the Curriculum,” UCLA Conference on Japanese Aesthetics and Hermeneutics. Dec. 13-15, 1998.
- “Masterpieces of Japanese Poetry: the Art of Haiku,” Japan Society. February 21, 1998.
- “Lyricism, Gender, and Japanese Poetics,” Association of Asian Studies, Washington, D.C. March 26, 1998.
- “Teaching Classical Japanese Literature and Language: New Directions for the 21st Century,” Association of Teachers of Japanese, Washington D.C. March 26, 1998.
- “Haiku Reflections East and West,” Japan Society, New York City. Oct. 1998.