New Directions in Medieval Japan Studies

A Workshop

This workshop aims to provide an open forum for the discussion of recent work or work in progress in various fields of premodern and modern Japan studies, especially literature. 

 

--PANEL ONE: 10AM--

The Place and Significance of the Esoteric Rain Ritual in Medieval Shingon Tradition

Steven Trenson, Hiroshima University 

Resonant Landscapes: Demons, Gods, and Music in Medieval Japan

David Bialock, USC

 

--PANEL TWO: 1PM --

The Apparitional Capital in the noh Tadanori

Elizabeth Oyler, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Literary Secret Agents: Solving the Case of the Sokui Kanjo

Susan B. Klein, UC Irvine

 

--PANEL THREE: 2:45 PM--

Authorizing the Shogunate: War, Violence, and Narrative in Medieval Japan

Vyjayanthi Ratnam Selinger, Bowdoin College

Manyoshu and the Imperial Imagination in Early Japan

Torquil Duthie, UCLA 

 

The first in a planned series, the New Directions in Medieval and Early Japan Studies workshop aims to provide an open forum for the discussion of recent work or work in progress in various fields of premodern and modern Japan studies, especially literature. One central goal of the workshop series is to provide opportunities for researchers and students to engage with new approaches and theoretical paradigms, raise methodological concerns germane to their work and the broader field, and to address issues across the premodern / modern divide by putting the study of Japanese literature into a broader conversation with East Asian and other literatures worldwide. The inaugural workshop will include presentations on recent work in the fields of Heike studies, medieval ritual, and the literature of  Early Japan.  

 

Co-Sponsored by the USC Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures