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David Bialock

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-3716
Office: THH 356K



Ph.D. Japanese Literature, Columbia University, 1997
M.A. Japanese Literature, Columbia University, 1992
B.A. Classical Greek, University of Michigan, 1980

Postdoctoral Training

Andrew Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Stanford University, 1996-1997   

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Chair, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California, 08/16/2011-  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Current research interests include medieval Japanese literature; musical ideas in ritual and literature; translation; ecocriticism; environment and Japanese literature

Research Specialties

Medieval Japanese literature, classical Japanese poetry, literature and the environment, ecocriticism

Funded Research

Other Funded Research

Japan Foundation Fellowship, Geographies of Sound: Music, Narrative, and Ritual in Medieval Japan, $50,000, 2003-2004   



Bialock, D. T. Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories: Narrative, Ritual, and Royal Authority from The Chronicles of Japan to The Tale of the Heike. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, February 2007. Stanford

Book Chapter

Bialock, D. T. "Nation and Epic: The Tale of the Heike as Modern Classic". Stanford, CA: Inventing the Classics: Canon Formation, National Identity, and Japanese Literature/Stanford University Press, 2000. 151-178

Journal Article

Bialock, D. T. Outcasts, Emperorship, and Dragon Cults in The Tale of the Heike. Buddhist Priests, Kings and Marginals: Studies on Medieval Japanese Buddhism, vol. 13 of Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie/Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient. 2003: 227-310 Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie
Bialock, D. T. (1994). Voice, Text, and the Question of Poetic Borrowing in Late Classical Japanese Poetry. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. Vol. Volume 54 (no. 1)

Honors and Awards

Japan Foundation Fellowship, 2003-2004   
Andrew Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Stanford University, 1996-1997   
Fulbright Award, Fulbright-Hays Research Grant, 1992-1993   
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