Tag Archives: Japanese literature

Book Announcement: Tales of Idolized Boys: Male-Male Love in Medieval Japanese Buddhist Narratives

Tales of Idolized Boys: Male-Male Love in Medieval Japanese Buddhist Narratives Sachi Schmidt-Hori In medieval Japan (14th–16th centuries), it was customary for elite families to entrust their young sons to the care of renowned Buddhist priests from whom they received … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: A Proximate Remove: Queering Intimacy and Loss in the Tale of Genji

A Proximate Remove: Queering Intimacy and Loss in the Tale of Genji by Reginald Jackson (Author) Open Access: June 2021 How might queer theory transform our interpretations of medieval Japanese literature and how might this literature reorient the assumptions, priorities, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Licentious Fictions: Ninjō and the Nineteenth-Century Japanese Novel

Licentious Fictions:Ninjō and the Nineteenth-Century Japanese NovelDaniel Poch Nineteenth-century Japanese literary discourse and narrative developed a striking preoccupation with ninjō—literally “human emotion,” but often used in reference to amorous feeling and erotic desire. For many writers and critics, fiction’s capacity to … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Pleasure in Profit: Popular Prose in Seventeenth-Century Japan

Pleasure in ProfitPopular Prose in Seventeenth-Century Japan Laura Moretti In the seventeenth century, Japanese popular prose flourished as waves of newly literate readers gained access to the printed word. Commercial publishers released vast numbers of titles in response to readers’ … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Kyoto: A Literary Guide

Kyoto: A Literary Guide Edited by John Dougill Reposting from the official blurb on the Camphor Press website: This fascinating selection of Kyoto-specific literature takes readers through twelve centuries of cultural heritage, from ancient Heian beginnings to contemporary depictions. The … Continue reading

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Open Access Special Journal Issue: Narratological Perspectives on Premodern Japanese Literature

Narratological Perspectives on Premodern Japanese Literature Edited by Sebastian Balmes With articles by Sonja Arntzen, Jinno Hidenori, Midorikawa Machiko, Simone Müller, Takeuchi Akiko, Michael Watson, Robert F. Wittkamp, and myself. This special issue comprises eight studies that deal with Japanese … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Ghastly Tales from the Yotsuya kaidan

Ghastly Tales from the Yotsuya kaidan, ed. with an Introduction by Takashi Saitō Perhaps the most famous and oft told tales of horror in Japan, the Yotsuya kaidan tells of a young woman named Iwa and the curse she carried … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: A Kamigata Anthology: Literature from Japan’s Metropolitan Centers, 1600-1750

A KAMIGATA ANTHOLOGY: LITERATURE FROM JAPAN’S METROPOLITAN CENTERS, 1600–1750 Edited by Sumie Jones and Adam L. Kern with Kenji Watanabe This is the first of a three-volume anthology of Edo- and Meiji-era urban literature that includes An Edo Anthology: Literature from … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Locating Heisei in Japanese Fiction and Film: The Historical Imagination of the Lost Decades

Locating Heisei in Japanese Fiction and Film: The Historical Imagination of the Lost Decades By Marc Yamada This book provides the first interdisciplinary examination of the popular fiction and film of the “lost decades” of Japan’s Heisei period (1989–2019). Presenting … Continue reading

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Job Opening: Lecturer in Japanese Literature, University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia is looking to appoint a new Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Japanese Literature, with a specialistion in modern and/or contemporary Japanese literature and the ability to teach and research other aspects of Japanese literature. This is … Continue reading

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