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Asian Studies: Japanese Studies Faculty

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Japanese Studies Faculty

William Bridges

"In the beginning: blackness and the 1960s creative nonfiction of Oe Kenzaburô " In: William Bridges and Nina Cornyetz (eds.) Traveling texts and the work of Afro-Japanese cultural production : two haiku and a microphoneLanham : Lexington Books, [2015]. Langson Library E185.615 .T75 2015

Traveling texts and the work of Afro-Japanese cultural production : two haiku and a microphone.  Lanham : Lexington Books, [2015]. Langson Library E185.615 .T75 2015

"Between narratophilia and aphasia: silent desire and the dialogic narration of self in Ishikawa Jun's 'The Legend of Gold'". East Asian Forum, Vol. 13 No. 1 (2010): 1-23. Available online.

David Fedman

"The Optics of Urban Ruination: Toward an Archaeological Approach to the Photography of the Japan Air Raids," Journal of Urban History, Vol. 40, No. 5 (2014): 959-984. Available online.

"A Cartographic Fade to Black: Mapping the Destruction of Urban Japan during World War II," Journal of Historical Geography, vol.38 no.3 (2012): 306-328. Available online.

"Triangulating Chōsen: Maps, Mapmaking, and the Land Survey in Colonial Korea," Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2012): 205-234. Available online.

"Japanese colonial cartography: maps, mapmaking, and the land survey in colonial Koreaz"  Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Vol.52, No.4 (2012). Available online.

"Mounting Modernization: Itakura Katsunobu, the Hokkaido University Alpine Club and Mountaineering in Pre-War Japan," Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Vol. 40, No. 3 (2009). Available online.

James Fujii

Text and the City: Essay on Japanese Modernity, Edited and with an Introduction by James Fujii, Durham: Duke University Press, 2004. Langson Library PL726.57.C5 M33 2004

“From Politics to Culture: Modern Japanese Literary Studies in the Age of Cultural Studies,” in Learning Places: The Afterlives of Area Studies, Edited by Masao Miyoshi and H.D. Harootunian, Duke University Press, 2002. Langson Library DS32.9.U5 L43 2002

"Intimate Alienation: Japanese Urban Rail and the Commodification of Urban Subjects," in special issue of Differences, vol.11, no.2, Summer 1999. Langson Bound Periodicals HQ1101 .D54  v.11 1999/2000; Also available online

"Internationalizing Japan: Rebellion in Kirikiri and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies," (Special issue of Polygraph, “Legislating Cultures,” Spring 1998). Also appeared in revised form in Journal of Intercultural Studies, 1998. Langson Bound PeriodicalsJA 1 A1 P64 no.10 1998

Writing out Asia: modernity, canon, and Natsume Soseki's Kokoro. In: Barlow, Tani E., ed. Formations of colonial modernity in East Asia. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1997. vi, 453p. 171-197. Langson Library DS509.3 .F57 1997

"Minorites in a 'Homogenous' State: The Case of Japan." In Arif Dirlik, ed., WHAT IS IN A RIM? CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE PACIFIC REGION IDEA, (Westview Press, 1995). Langson Library HC681 .W48 1993

Contesting the Meiji subject: Soseki's Neko reconsidered. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (Cambridge, MA) 49, no.2 (Dec 1989) 553-574. Available online

Susan Klein

"Noh, Shakespeare, and pedagogy in Kurosawa's Kumonosujō (Throne of Blood) " In: Bourdaghs, Michael; Long, Hoyt; Jackson, Reginald, eds. Performance and Japanese literature. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2014. viii, 219p. (PAJLS: Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies, volume 15, summer 2014) : 49-57. On order

“Esotericism in noh commentaries and plays: Konparu Zenchiku's Meishuku shu and Kakitsubata” In: Scheid, Bernhard; Teeuwen, Mark, eds. The culture of secrecy in Japanese religion. London; New York: Routledge, 2006. xvii, 397p. 229-254. Langson Library BL2211.S32 C85 2006

“Turning damsel flowers to lotus blossoms: Ominameshi and medieval commentaries” In: Smethurst, Mae J.; Laffin, Christina, eds. The Noh ominameshi: a flower viewed from many directions. Ithaca, N.Y.: East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2003. xxvi, 332p. (Cornell East Asia series, no.118) 47-87. Langson Library DS501 .C676 no.118

“Wild words and syncretic deities: kyogen kigo and honji suijaku in medieval literary allegories” In: Teeuwen, Mark; Rambelli, Fabio, eds. Buddhas and kami in Japan: honji suijaku as a combinatory paradigm. London; New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. ix, 371p. 177-203. Langson Library BL2222.23 .B83 2003

“Down the primrose path: Ariwara no Narihira as love god in medieval poetic commentaries and noh theater.” In: Sekine, Eiji, ed. Japanese poeticity and narrativity revisited. West Lafayette, Ind.: Association for Japanese Literary Studies, Purdue University, 2003. vi, 344p. (PAJLS: Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies, vol.4) 115-137. Langson Library PL700 .P76 v.4

Allegories of Desire: The Esoteric Literary Commentaries of Medieval Japan (Harvard University Press, 2003). Langson Library PL728.A2 K54 2002

"Fujiwara Tameaki" In Steven D. Carter (ed.) Medieval Japanese Writers, a volume in the series Dictionary of Literary Biography (1999). Langson Reference PN451 .D537 v.203 

"A Translation of Ise monogatari zuinô (The Essence of The Tales of Ise)," Monumenta Nipponica 53:1 (Spring 1998). Available online

"Allegories of Desire: Poetry and Eroticism in Ise monogatari zuinô," Monumenta Nipponica 52:4:441-465(Winter 1997). Available online

Dances divine and demonic : Japan's performing arts : an exhibit in the Muriel Ansley Reynolds Gallery, UC Irvine Main Library, Fall 1997 (checklist). Irvine, Calif. : The UCI Libraries, 1997 Langson Library Special Collections Reference  LD781.I7 U35 no. 2

"Woman as Serpent: The Demonic Feminine in the Noh Play Dôjôji" in Religious Reflections on the Human Body, edited by Jane Marie Law, (Indiana University Press, 1995). Langson LibraryBL604.B64 R45 1995

“When the moon strikes the bell: desire and enlightenment in the Noh play Dojoji”. Journal of Japanese Studies (Seattle) 17, no.2 (Sum 1991) 291-322. Available online

Ankoku buto: the premodern and postmodern influences on the dance of utter darkness", Ithaca, N.Y.: East Asia Program, Cornell University, 1988 101p. Langson Library GV1783.2 .K54 1988

“Kakitsubata (The iris).” In: Brazell, Karen; Gabriel, J. Philip, eds. Twelve plays of the Noh and Kyogen theaters. Ithaca, N.Y.: East Asia Program, Cornell University, 1988. 257p. (Cornell University East Asia papers, no.50.) 63-79. Langson Library PL782.E5 T88 1988

Margherita Long

This perversion called love : reading Tanizaki, feminist theory, and Freud. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2009. Available in Langson Library.

"Two Ways to Play Fort-Da: With Tanizaki and Freud in Yoshino.” In: Nina Cornyetz and J. Keith Vincent (eds)  Perversion in Modern Japan: Psychoanalysis, Literature.  New York and London: Routledge, 2009. pp.147-161. Available in Langson Library

“Malice@Doll: Konaka, Specularization, and the Virtual Feminine.” Frenchy Lunning (ed.)Mechademia 2: Networks of Desire. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. pp.157-174. Available in Langson Library

"Nakagami and the denial of lineage: on maternity, abjection, and the Japanese outcast class." Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies vol.17, no.2 (2006) : 1-32. Available online.

“Feminist Film Theory: Osaka, Circa 1866.” Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies vol.13 no.3 (2002): 24-63.  Available online.

“Tanizaki and the Enjoyment of Japanese Culturalism.” Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique vol.10 no.2 (2002): 431-469. Available online

Kojiro Umezaki

Brooklyn Rider’s Dominant Curve (In A Circle, 2010), a recording

Yo-Yo Ma's Appassionato (Sony BMG, 2007), a recording. Available at

The Silk Road Ensemble's Beyond the Horizon (Sony BMG, 2005), a recording

The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan (Smithsonian Folkways, 2002), a recording

Robert Uriu

Clinton and Japan : the impact of revisionism on U.S. trade policy. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2009. Langson Library HF2366 .U75 2009

“Japan in 2003: muddling ahead? “ Asian Survey (Berkeley, CA) 44, no.1 (Jan-Feb 2004): 168-181. Available online at

“Japan in 2002: an up-and-down year, but mostly down” Asian Survey (Berkeley, CA) 43, no.1 (Jan-Feb 2003): 78-90. Available online at

“Japan in 1998: nowhere to go but up?” Asian Survey (Berkeley, CA) 39, no.1 (Jan-Feb 1999) : 114-124. Available online at

"Domestic-international interactions and Japanese security studies." In: Sperling, James; Malik, Yogendra; Louscher, David, eds. Zones of amity, zones of enmity: the prospects for economic and military security in Asia. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 1998. 144p. , p. 76-93. Ayala Science Library Bar  UA830 .Z66 1998

Troubled industries : confronting economic change in Japan. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1996.  Langson Library HD3616.J33 U74 1996

Bert Winther-Tamaki

“The Ligneous Aesthetic of Postwar Sosaku Hanga (‘Creative Prints’) and American Perspectives on the Modern Japanese Culture of Wood,” Archives of Asian Art, vol.66, no. 2. Forthcoming: Fall 2016.

“Japanese Modernist Artists and Designers at Expo 67 in Montreal” In: Christopher Reed (ed.) Japan/ America: Points of Contact, 1876-1970. Ithaca, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University. Forthcoming: Fall 2016.

“Six Episodes of Convergence Between Indian, Japanese, and Mexican Art from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present,” Review of Japanese Culture and Society, vol.26 (2014): 13-32. Available online at

Commensurable Distinctions: Intercultural Negotiations of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Visual Culture, special issue of Review of Japanese Culture and Society (Josai University) Co-Author of Introduction and Guest Co-Editor with Kenichi Yoshida (pp.1-12). Twelve essays and six commissioned English translations of excerpts of Japanese art historical texts. vol. 26, 2014. Available online at

“The Woody Rustic Quality of Postwar Japanese Prints Admired by Americans” in Symphony of Color and Wind: The World of Uchima Ansei/ Shikisai to kaze no shinfoni—Uchima Ansei no sekai , Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum. (October 2014): 156-158 (English): 120 (Japanese summary).

"Kitagawa Tamiji: Painting in Pursuit of Pigmented Knowledge of Self and Other,” Archives of Asian Art, vol.63, no. 2. (2013): 189-207. Available online at

“Sisters Frightened by a Whale: Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s Choice as an Arbiter of Beauty in America” in Ishii korekushon kenkyu: Kuniyoshi Yasuo, 2 [Ishii Collection Studies: Yasuo Kuniyoshi, 2] (Tsukuba, Japan: Faculty of Art & Design, University of Tsukuba, 2013): 28-39 (Japanese), 71-86 (English). Langson Library ND1059.K814 T64 2006

"A Sculptor’s Brush with Ink: From the Flight of the Dragon to the Pool of the Inkstone” in Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 (New York: The Noguchi Museum; 5 Continents Editions, 2013): 95-107. Langson Library N6537.N645 A4 2013  

"Embodiment / disembodiment in Japanese painting during the fifteen-year war [1931-1945; uses the human body as an analytical lens to evaluate three categories of wartime painting: yōga and nihonga created in the service of the war, and yōga created by 'internal emigrés' who retreated from the official discourse of sensōga]". In: Ikeda, Asato; McDonald, Aya Louisa; Tiampo, Ming, (eds.) Art and war in Japan and its empire 1931-1960. Leiden, The Netherlands; Boston, Mass.: Brill, 2013, pp 111-137. Langson Library N8260 .A755 2013

Maximum embodiment : yōga, the western painting of Japan, 1912-1955. Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, c2012. Langson Library ND1055.5.W47 W56 2012

The 'Oriental guru' in the modern artist: Asian spiritual and performative aspects of postwar American art            [focuses on Mark Tobey, Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, and Linda Montano] In: Inaga, Shigemi, ed. Questioning Oriental aesthetics and thinking: conflicting visions of 'Asia' under the colonial empires. Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2011. 388p. (International research symposium, no.38) , pages 321-336

"The Asian Dimensions of Postwar Abstract Art: Calligraphy and Metaphysics" In: Alexandra Munroe, ed. The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989 (New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2009), pp.145-157. Langson Library N6510 .M782 2009

"Global Consciousness in Yôga Self-Portraiture" In: Jaynie Anderson, ed. Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration, Convergence: the Proceedings of the 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art. (Carlton, Vic.: Miegunyah Press, Melbourne University Publishing, 2009), pp.847-851.

"Oriental Coefficient: The Role of China in the Japanization of Yôga" Modern Chinese Literature & Culture 18:1 (Summer 2006), pp.85-119. Langson Bound Periodicals PL2303 .M63 v.18 2006

"Asian Possessions of the Cubist Body: 'Home from Home'" Cubism in Asia; Unbounded Dialogues, International Symposium Report ed. by Yasuko Furuichi. (Tokyo: Japan Foundation, 2006), pp.304-311. [on order]

Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics: A Close Embrace of the Earth co-author with Louise Cort. Washington, D.C.: The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. Langson Library NK4210.N555 A4 2003

"Oil Painting in Postsurrender Japan: Reconstructing Subjectivity through Deformation of the Body" Monumenta Nipponica vol.58, no.3 (Autumn 2003), pp.347-396. Langson Bound Periodicals DS821.A1 M6 v.58 no.3-4 2003

Art in the Encounter of Nations: Japanese and American Artists in the Early Postwar Years.Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2001. Langson Library N7355 .W56 2001

Pied-à-Terre and Space-Age Steel: Isamu Noguchi and the Credo of Truth to Material" in Isamu Noguchi, Sculptural Design (Weil am Rhein, Germany: Vitra Design Museum, 2001), pp.186- 218. Langson Library NB237.N6 A4 2001

"Minoru Yamasaki: Contradictions of Scale in the Career of the Nisei Architect of the World’s Largest Building" Amerasia Journal. vol.26, no.3 (Winter 2001), pp.162-188. Langson Bound Periodicals E184.O6 A4  v.26 2000/01

"Yagi Kazuo: The Admission of the Nonfunctional Object into the Japanese Pottery World" Journal of Design History vol.12, no.2, (June 1999), pp.123- 141. Available online

Yukinori Yanagi; Image, Nation & Transnation. Co-Editor, primary author, with essays by graduate students of the Visual Studies Ph.D program. CD Rom. University of California, Irvine. 1998. Langson Multimedia ResCtr N7359.Y36 Y855 1998

"Embodiment/Disembodiment in Japanese Painting During the Fifteen Year War" Monumenta Nipponica vol.52, no.2 (Summer 1997), pp.145- 180. Available online

“Mark Tobey, White Writing for a Janus-Faced America,” Word & Image vol.13, no.1 (January-March 1997), pp.77-91. Langson Bound Periodicals NX 1 W64  v.13 1997

“The Rejection of Isamu Noguchi's Hiroshima Cenotaph: A Japanese American Artist in Occupied Japan,” Art Journal vol.53, no.4 (Winter 1994), pp.23-27. Langson Bound Periodicals N81 .A78v.53 1994

アイダ・アップルブルーグ絵画展. [Tokyo] : シードホール, c1990. Langson East Asian N6537.A6 A4 1990 


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