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Joshua Mostow

University of  British Columbia 

Professor Joshua S. Mostow received his doctorate in the Comparative Literature and Literary Theory Program of the University of Pennsylvania. He has studied at International Christian University (Mitaka, Japan), Universite de Paris (III, VII, and Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes), and Gakushuin University (Tokyo). He has been a visiting researcher at Gakushuin, Osaka University, and the National Institute of Japanese Literature; and visiting professor at the University of Minnesota; the University of California, Berkeley; and the Institute for East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University (Germany). He has received grants and fellowships from the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, the Japan Foundation, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fellowship Committee.


Research Interests:

Inter-relations between text and image, especially in Japanese culture; Japanese women’s writing in the court tradition; the ideological construction of the Heian period in the modern era; Japanese ”national erotics” (that is, the use of sexuality in cultural self-definition).

Teaching:

Premodern Japanese literature, in translation and in the original; premodern Japanese text and image inter-relations; classical Japanese language; Japanese women’s self-writing; post-colonial theory; Edo sexuality; Japanese film.


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