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Burge, Marjorie Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Marjorie's book project, titled ā€¯Unearthing the Written Cultures of Early Korea and Japan,' focuses on inscribed wood slips known as mokkan excavated from sites in southern Korea and Japan in order to shed light on the written cultures of early historic Paekche (ca. third century-660CE), Silla (ca. third century-935CE) and Japan. In exploring the connections between the written cultures of these three kingdoms, she also investigates the role of allochthons (Korean migrants) at the Japanese court in the development of Sinographic literary culture.


  • orthography,sinographic cosmopolis,inscriptions,three kingdoms korea,early japan,vernacular poetry



courses taught

  • ASIA 4001 - Advanced Language Co-Seminar Arts and Humanities
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Acts as a Co-Seminar for advanced Asian Studies students.
  • JPNS 1012 - Introduction to Japanese Civilization
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    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 1051 - Masterpieces of Japanese Literature in Translation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Surveys Japanese thought and culture through careful reading and discussion of selected masterworks of Japanese literature in translation. Texts include significant works of poetry, fiction, drama, diaries, and essays, from ancient times to the present. Taught in English.
  • JPNS 3811 - Love, Death, and Desire: Classical Japanese Literature in Translation
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    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 4320 - Classical Japanese 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    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 5280 - Topics in Classical Japanese Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Studies a specific problem or issue in classical (eighth through twelfth century) Japanese literature, e.g., the development of specifically Japanese theories of literature or the concept of genre in the Japanese tradition. Topics vary from year to year. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • JPNS 5320 - Advanced Classical Japanese 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    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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