Ph.D. Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University, 5/2009
Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 08/2012-
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, 01/2009-05/2012
Description of Research
Early modern Japanese theater and literature; print and visual culture; text and performance; gender representations in Kabuki
Detailed Statement of Research Interests
Satoko Shimazaki’s research focuses on early modern Japanese theater and popular literature; the modern history of kabuki; gender representation on the kabuki stage; and the interaction of performance, print, and text. She has been particularly interested in the role theater played in early modern Japan in the construction of urban communities and a shared sense of history, as well as in the ways in which media—from fleeting visual ephemera to seemingly timeless typeset scripts—give form to theatrical experience and its reception. Her current book project uses the ubiquitous early-nineteenth-century trope of the female ghost to illuminate the gradually shifting socio-cultural role Edo kabuki played from its emergence in the seventeenth century to its reinvention as a national theater in the twentieth century. She is also working on two other projects: one that deals with female-role actors and the construction of gender and the body through theatrical lineages and print media; and another that considers how literary representation during the early nineteenth century was mediated by knowledge of the theater.
Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions
Tsubouchi Memorial Theater Museum, Waseda University, Guest Researcher
Satoko Shimazaki and Keller Kimbrough (Ed.).
Publishing the Stage: Print and Performance in Early Modern Japan. Boulder, CO: University of Colorado Center for Asian Studies.
The End of the ‘World’: Tsuruya Nanboku IV’s Female Ghosts and Late Tokugawa Kabuki. Monumenta Nipponica.
Vol. 66 (no.2), pp. 209-246.
The Ghost of Oiwa in Actor Prints: Confronting Disfigurement. Impressions: The Journal of the Japanese Art Society of America.
Vol. 29, pp. 76-97.