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Lee, Clarence I-Zhuen Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Clarence Lee's research focuses on the intersection between sinitic medical traditions and Japanese philosophical frameworks in the 18th century.


  • Kokugaku, Early Modern Japanese History, Literature and Philosophy, Sinitic Medical tradition, Ming/Qing Literature, Critical Theory, Translation Studies, Postcolonial Studies



courses taught

  • JPNS 1012 - Introduction to Japanese Civilization
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    An interdisciplinary introduction from ancient to modern times. Arts, literature, politics, social relations, religion, and material culture are studied in terms of significant themes and ideas pertaining to the civilization of Japan. Taught in English.
  • JPNS 3831 - The Floating World of Play and Passion: Early Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020
    Surveys the major works, authors, and genres of literature from the Tokugawa through Meiji periods in their historical and cultural contexts. Attention is given to various approaches of literary analysis and interpretation. Taught in English. Recommended prerequisite: JPNS 1051.
  • JPNS 5150 - Japanese Literary Translation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores theories and practice of translation of literary texts as applied to Japanese-English translation; strategies for handling a variety of texts; and professional standards and ethics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • JPNS 5620 - Early Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines the literature, arts, drama and culture of Japan's early modern period in the original language, as well as secondary scholarship and methodologies for pursuing work on early modern materials. Genres covered include kana-zoshi, uklyo-zoshi, dangibon, yomihon, sharebon, kibyoshi, ninjobon, kokkelbon, gokan, halkai, senryo, kyoka, joruri, kabuki, and literary thought.
  • JPNS 5810 - Modern Japanese Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Studies selected texts in Japanese literature from the Meiji Restoration (1868) to the end of the Pacific War. Surveys various literary genres, emphasizing the development of the modern novel as an aspect of Japan's response to Western cultural forms. The unique cultural politics of each of the periods (Meiji,Taisho, and Showa) are illuminated through the filter of both canonical and more marginalized texts. Specific selections vary from year to year. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)