Associate Professor of Japanese
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office: 353C
- Hours: T Th 12:30-1:45 or by appointment
1994, Ph.D., in Performance Studies, New York University.
Dissertation: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.
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), Harvard University.
My research interests include the folklore, food culture, theatre, traditional music, and popular culture of Japan. I am presently writing a book entitled, Gourmanga: Reading Food in Japanese Comic Books.
- 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).
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.
- 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
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.