Satoko Shimazaki

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Contact Information
E-mail: satoko.shimazaki@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-3709
Office: THH 372



  • 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

    Research Specialties
    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


    • Shimazaki, S. (2016). Edo Kabuki in Transition: From the Worlds of the Samurai to the Vengeful Female Ghost. New York: Columbia University Press.
    • Satoko Shimazaki and Keller Kimbrough (Ed.). (2011). Publishing the Stage: Print and Performance in Early Modern Japan. Boulder, CO: University of Colorado Center for Asian Studies.

    Book Chapter
    • Shimazaki, S. (2011). Editors’ Introduction: Theater and Publishing in Early Modern Japan. pp. 1-14. Boulder, CO: Publishing the Stage: Print and Performance in Early Modern Japan/ University of Colorado Center for Asian Studies.

    Book Review
    • Shimazaki, S. (2013). Review of G.G. Rowley’s An Imperial Concubine’s Tale: Scandal, Shipwreck, and Salvation in 17th Century Japan. Japanese Language and Literature.
    • Shimazaki, S. (2010). Review of Leith Morton’s The Alien Within: Representation of the Exotic in Twentieth-Century Japanese Literature. Japanese Language and Literature.
    • Shimazaki, S. (2009). Michael Dylan Foster’s Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai. Monumenta Nipponica.

    Encyclopedia Article
    • Shimazaki, S. (2013). History of Japanese Ghosts. An Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters/Ashgate Publishing.

    Essay Translation
    • Shimazaki, S. (2009). Minshuka, insatsu, tekusuto no shakaigaku. (Haruo Shirane, Ed.). Tokyo. Benseisha.

    Journal Article
    • Shimazaki, S. (2015). Fantastic Histories: The Battles of Coxinga and the Preservation of the Ming in Japan. Frontiers of Literary Studies in China. Vol. 9 (1), pp. 17-53.
    • Shimazaki, S. (2011). The End of the ‘World’: Tsuruya Nanboku IV’s Female Ghosts and Late Tokugawa Kabuki. Monumenta Nipponica. Vol. 66 (no.2), pp. 209-246.
    • Shimazaki, S. (2008). The Ghost of Oiwa in Actor Prints: Confronting Disfigurement. Impressions: The Journal of the Japanese Art Society of America. Vol. 29, pp. 76-97.

  • Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway, Taper Hall 356
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0357

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