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Monika Dix

Saginaw Valley State University
 Assistant Professor of Japanese Language, Literature & Culture at
Saginaw Valley State University, Department of Modern Foreign Languages

She complieted her Ph.D. in Japanese Literature, University of British Columbia,                   
                              Vancouver, Canada
                              Dissertation: “Writing Women into Religious Histories: Re-reading
                              Representations of Chūjōhime in Medieval Japanese Buddhist



Japanese literature, history, religion, and visual culture; comparative literature; women’s studies; cultural studies
-Book manuscript: Chūjōhime in Retrospective: Buddhist Ideology and Gender
  in Medieval Japanese Literature
-Article: “Narrating Women’s Lives: Identities, Images, and Spaces in Pre-Modern


Hachikazuki: Revealing Kannon’s Crowning Compassion in Muromachi Fiction,”
            Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, vol. 36 (2009), no. 2: 279-293.
“Ascending Hibariyama: Chūjōhime’s Textual, Physical, and Spiritual Journey to
             Salvation,” Review of Japanese Culture and Society, vol. 19 (2007), no. 1: 95-
“Harunobu’nun Ağaçbaskilarinda Japon Oyuncaklari” (Japanese Woodblock prints:
 Harunobu’s Beauties of the Green Houses), P Dünya Sanati Dergisi, vol. 20 
 (2004), no.34: 84-91.
“Hon’yaku no kanōsei: Chūjōhime no honji ni okeru tekisto to imēji no kankei” (The
Possibilities of Translation: The Text-Image Relationship in Chūjōhime no honji),
in Ii Haruki, ed., Nihon bungaku: hon’yaku no kanōsei. Tokyo: Kasama Shobo, 
2004: 189-194.
“The Taima Mandala Engi Emaki: A Comparative Study of Art, Religion, and Gender,”
Transverse, vol. 1 (2004), no. 1: 72-86.
“The Mukaekō Ritual at Taima-dera: A Living Tradition of Medieval Japanese Pure Land
Buddhism,” Illumine, vol. 2 (2003), no. 1: 17-24.  


“Good Mother, Bad Mother: Reading the Jōjin Ajari no haha no shū through the Lens
of Gender,” Proceedings of the 19th Annual Meeting of the Association for   
Japanese Literary Studies (PAJLS), New Brunswick: Rutger’s University, vol. 11
(2010): 259-271.
“Parody and Tokugawa Realism: Subverting Religious and Cultural (Con) Texts in
            Ejima Kiseki’s Keisei kintanki,” Proceedings of the 17th Annual Meeting of the
Association for Japanese Literary Studies (PAJLS), Vancouver: University of
British Columbia, vol. 10 (2009): 162-170.
“Ascending Hibariyama: Textual, Physical, and Spiritual Journeys in Chūjōhime and
Chūjōhime no honji,” Proceedings of the 15th Annual Meeting of the Association
for Japanese Literary Studies (PAJLS), Tokyo: Josai International University, vol.  
8 (2007): 35-42.
“Onna bukkyō shinwa: Chūjōhime no henbō” (Women, Buddhism and Myth:
            Transformed Representations of Chūjōhime), in Dai nana kai nihon bijutsushi
            kenkyū ni kan suru kokusai daigakuinsei kaigi, Proceedings of the 7th 
International Japanese Art History Workshop (JAWS), Tokyo: Keio University
            (2002), 25-35.
“Transformed Representations of Chūjōhime in Texts and Images from the 13th-17th
            Centuries,” in Across Time and Genre: Reading and Writing Japanese Women’s
            Texts, Proceedings of the International Conference on Women’s Writing,
            Edmonton: University of Alberta (2001), 280-283.



“Jimmu Tennō, Shōtoku Taishi, Kusanagi no Tsurugi” entries for Japan at War: An
Encyclopedia, edited by Louis G. Perez. Santa Barbara (CA): ABC-CLIO, 2013
“Masuji Ibuse: Black Rain” entry for the Compendium of Twentieth Century World Novelists and Novels, edited by Michael D. Sollars. New York: Facts on File, Inc.,
“Toyo Suyemoto Kawakami; Naomi Hirahara: Summer of the Big Bachi; Takashi
Matsuoka: Autumn Bridge/ Cloud of Sparrows” entry on Asian American Literature for The Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Literature, edited by
Seiwoong Oh. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2007. 
“Shukusaijitsu, Sonrakusaishi, Chōteisaishi” entries on Shinto Festivals for The
Encyclopedia of Shinto (Shinto Jiten), edited by Inoue Nobutaka. Tokyo: Institute      for Japanese Culture, Classics & Shinto Studies, Kokugakuin University, 2005.
“Emperor Shōmu, Saichō, Kūkai, Ippen” entries on Japanese holy people for Holy People
of the World: An Encyclopedia, edided by Phyllis G. Jestice. Santa Barbara (CA):
ABC-CLIO, 2004.
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“Inquiry into the Reconstruction Process of the Tengu Sōshi,” (Abstract) by Takahiro
Tsuchiya, in Bijutsushi 159, vol.55, no.1 (October 2005): 35.
“Preface, Roger Goepper’s Biography and Publications,” in Festschrift in Honour of Professor Roger Goepper’s 80th Birthday. Berlin: Freie Universität (2005): 1-2.
“The Gendering of Scenic Representations: Depictions of Yamato and Kara in Shrine
Mandala Paintings,” (Abstract) by Mizuno Ryoko, in Review of Japanese Culture and Society, vol.15 (December 2003): 102-104.
“The Gendering of Scenic Representations: Depictions of Yamato and Kara in Shrine
Mandala Paintings,” Public Lecture delivered by Mizuno Ryoko. International
Conference “Critical Horizons: A Symposium on Japanese Art in Memory of
Professor Chino Kaori,” Columbia University, March 2003.



The Material Culture of Death in Medieval Japan.
            By Karen M. Gerhart. (Honolulu: University of Hawai’I Press, 2009), in College        
             Art Association Reviews (forthcoming 2013).
Hidden Buddhas: A Novel of Karma and Chaos.
            By Liza Dalby. (Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press, 2009)
            H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences (forthcoming 2011).
Explaining Pictures: Buddhist Propaganda and Etoki Storytelling in Japan.
            By Ikumi Kaminishi. (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2006).
            H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Published by H-Buddhism
            October 2006.
Advertising Tower: Japanese Modernism and Modernity in the 1920s.
            By William O. Gardner. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006), in
Pacific Affairs, vol. 79, no.3 (Fall 2006): 544-545.
Developing Zeami: The Noh Actor’s Attunement in Practice.
            By Shelly Fenno Quinn. (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2005), in Pacific Affairs, vol. 78, no.3 (Fall 2005): 494-495.                                                                                                                                     
The Artist as Professional in Japan.
By Melinda Takeuchi. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004), in Pacific
Affairs, vol.77, no.3 (Fall 2004): 582-583.
Hiroshige’s Journey in the 60-odd Provinces.
By Marije Jansen. (Amsterdam: Hotei, 2004), in BC Asian Review (BCAR), no.14
(2003-2004): 29-30.                                                                                                                  
A Courtesan’s Day: Hour by Hour.
By Cecilia Segawa Seigle. (Amsterdam: Hotei, 2004), in BC Asian Review
(BCAR), no.14 (2003-2004): 31.
A Kabuki Reader: History and Performance.
By Samuel L. Leitner. (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2002), in Pacific Affairs, vol.77,
no.1 (Spring 2004): 136-137.
Hiratsuka: Modern Master.                                                                                        
Art Institute of Chicago. (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 2001), in Pacific
Affairs, vol.76, no.3 (Fall 2003): 478-479.
Kimono: Fashioning Culture.
By Liza Dalby. (London: Vintage, 2001), in Pacific Affairs, vol.76, no.2 (Summer 2003): 285-286.
The Practices of Painting in Japan, 1475-1500.                                           
By Quitman E. Phillips. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000), in Pacific
Affairs, vol.75, no.2 (Summer 2002): 220-221.
Plunder and Pleasure: Japanese Art in the West 1860-1930.
By Max Put. (Leiden: Hotei Publishing, 2000), in Pacific Affairs, vol.75, no.1
(Spring 2002): 138-139.
The Shogun’s Painted Culture: Fear and Creativity in the Japanese States 1760-1829.
By Timon Screech. (London: Reaktion Books, 2000), in B.C. Asian Review, no.14 
(2001): 33-34.
Adult Manga: Culture and Power in Contemporary Japanese Society. By Sharon Kinsella. (Richmond: Curzon, 2000), in Pacific Affairs, vol.74, no.3 (Fall 2001):

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