Lorie Brau

Associate Professor of Japanese

Photo: Lorie Brau

Email: lbrau@unm.edu
Phone: 505 277-4771
Fax: (505) 277-3599
Office: 353C

Educational History:

1994, Ph.D., in Performance Studies, New York University.

Kimono Comics: The Performance Culture of Rakugo Storytelling
Advisors: Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara Ruch (Columbia University).

1994, Columbia University Summer Institute, in Japanese Language Pedagogy.

1980, M.A., in Japanese Literature, University of Michigan.

Master's Essay:
The Story of Clam Princess: An Annotated Translation of an Otogi-zoshi.
Advisor: Robert Brower.

1977, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies. Tokyo, Japan.

1976, B.A., Magna cum laude, Folklore and Mythology (Ethnomusicology), Radcliffe/Harvard.

Research Interests:

My research interests include folklore, food and culture, and the theatre, traditional music, and popular culture of Japan. I am presently researching food in Japanese popular culture for a book on Japanese culinary comic books (manga).

Selected Publications:


  • Rakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Tokyo.
    (Lexington Books 2008)
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Articles & Book Chapters

  •  “Oishinbo’s Fukushima elegy: Grasping for the truth about radioactivity in a food manga.”  In Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt and Barbara Geilhorn, co-eds., Fukushima and the Arts -- Negotiating Nuclear Disaster. New York and London: Routledge (2017).
  •  “Staging Soul/Food in Rakugo and Shōgekijō: Food and Theatre in Japan.”  In Dorothy Chansky and Anne Folino White, co-eds., Food and Theatre on the World Stage. New York and London: Routledge (2016). (Co-written with David Jortner)
  • New Plots and Playful Schemes: Shukō in Rakugo, Japanese Comic Storytelling.
    • In Text and Presentation. (2006).
  • Rakugo Fans at Play.  In Fanning the Flames: Fans and Consumer Culture in Contemporary Japan.  ed. William Kelly. State University of New York Press. (2004).
  • Oishinbo’s Adventures in Eating: What Japanese Comics Communicate about Food and Cultural Identity. In Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture 4.4. (2004).
  • The Women’s Theatre of Takarazuka. In TDR (The Drama Review). T128-Winter. (1990).

Teaching Interests:

I teach second-year Japanese language courses as well as inter-disciplinary classes on Japan that introduce its society, folklore, performance, and literature. I plan to teach classes on Asian theatre and food in Asian culture starting in 2011.

Representative Courses:

  • JAPN 201     Intermediate Japanese I
  • JAPN 320 -   Japanese Culture
  • JAPAN 341  Pre-modern Japanese Literature and Culture in Translation
  • JAPN 345    Supernatural Japan
  • JAPN 411    Gender in Japanese Popular Culture

Other Information:

I am on leave until January 2018.  I advise students for the Japanese minor and am the advisor/director of the East Asian Studies major.