Reading Sōseki Now

Reading Sōseki Now

I’m happy to report that the volume on the Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki, which I have co-edited with Reiko Abe Auestad and Alan Tansman has been published as the latest issue of Josai University’s Review of Japanese Culture and Society. The publication was...
A Japanese Classic Illuminated

A Japanese Classic Illuminated

Portrait-Icon of Murasaki Shikibu (Murasaki Shikibu zu) Tosa Mitsuoki (1617-1691) Held at Ishiyama-dera Temple, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture (credit Wikimedia commons) I am writing today because I want to share my excitement about the stunning show now up at the Met in New...
An Early Feminist Novel

An Early Feminist Novel

Congratulations to my good friend Dawn Lawson, who has just won the Kyoko Selden Prize for her translation of Nakajima Shōen’s 1889 novel, A Famous Flower in Mountain Seclusion (『山間の名花』). Nakajima (1861-1901), also known as Kishida Toshiko, was one of...