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Kimbrough, R. Keller Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Keller Kimbrough's research focuses on premodern Japanese Literature (particularly of the late Heian, Kamakura, Muromachi, and early Edo periods); Japanese Buddhist Literature; Heian and Medieval Poetry and Poetics; Seventeenth-century Puppet Theater; and Japanese Narrative Painting.

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  • Japanese literature, art, culture

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • JPNS 2811 - Heroes and the Supernatural: Word and Image in Old Japan
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines the fusion of literary and visual arts in twelfth- to nineteenth-century Japan, focusing on illustrated handscrolls and narrative paintings. Students will explore tales of monsters, samurai, fantastic journeys to other worlds, anthropomorphic animals, and the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century precursors of contemporary Japanese comics. This course seeks to analyze visual-literary texts in their historical contexts as both literature and art. Taught in English.
  • JPNS 3811 - Love, Death, and Desire: Classical Japanese Literature in Translation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Surveys the major works and authors of classical Japanese literature, both poetry and prose, from the earliest historical records and literary anthologies through the Heian period (784-1185). Taught in English. Recommended prerequisite: JPNS 1051. Same as HUMN 3811.
  • JPNS 4310 - Classical Japanese 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces reference tools for reading classical Japanese, and grammar, vocabulary, and use of scripts in premodern Japanese, focusing on the 10th century Taketori Monogatari and the 13th century Hojoki. Recommended prerequisites: JPNS 3120 and JPNS 3811 and JPNS 3821.
  • JPNS 4320 - Classical Japanese 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Continuation of JPNS 4310. Surveys changes in Japanese literary language from the Nara (eighth century) to Meiji (late 19th century) periods. Attention given to changes in grammar, vocabulary, and use of scripts in premodern Japanese. Introduces representative works of classical Japanese literature of all periods.
  • JPNS 5310 - Advanced Classical Japanese 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Focuses on stylistic, grammatical, and orthographic variations in texts of the classical, medieval, and early modern eras. Knowledge of Classical Japanese at the level of JPNS 4310 is required.
  • JPNS 5320 - Advanced Classical Japanese 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Advanced analysis of stylistic, grammatical, and orthographic variations in texts of the classical, medieval, and early modern eras, including kanbun and hentaigana; translation and explication of texts.

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