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JAMES DORSEY


Professor Dorsey came to Dartmouth in 1997.   Since then he has taught Japanese language at various levels as well as courses in classical Japanese drama (Noh), modern fiction, and Japanese literary/cultural criticism.   He has also led the Dartmouth foreign study program in Tokyo, Japan in the summers of both 1998 and 1999.   Professor Dorsey's research interests dance on the border between literature and history---he is finishing a study of Kobayashi Hideo, modern Japan's most influential critic, and co editing a book on the author/essayist Sakaguchi Ango.   A recipient of a Social Science Research Council/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science research grant, Professor Dorsey will spend the 2000-2001 academic year in Tokyo. His project is entitled:  "'Return to Japan': Imagined Nationalism and Wartime Ideology."


Education
  • Colgate University: BA Philosophy/Religion (June 1983).
  • Tenri University: non-degree research fellow (1987-1988)
  • Indiana University: MA Japanese Literature (June 1992)
  • Hosei University: non-degree research fellow (1992-1994)
  • University of Washington: Ph.D. Japanese Literature (December 1997)


Upcoming courses:
  • Japanese 3, Spring 2003
  • Japanese 10, Spring 2003, Spring 2004
  • Japanese 29/Director, Tokyo Program, Summer 2003, 2004


Teaching Experience
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT: Visiting Assistant Professor, Spring 1999
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA: Lecturer & Teaching Assistant, 1990 - 96


Publications
  • Article: "Culture, Nationalism, and Sakaguchi Ango," Journal of Japanese Studies vol. 27, no. 2 (Summer 2001), pp. 347-379.

  • Book Chapter: "Sakaguchi Ango," in Modern Japanese Writers, ed. Jay Rubin (New York: Charles Scribners' Sons, 2000), pp. 31-48.

  • Book Review: The American Occupation of Japan and Okinawa: Literature and Memory (London & New York: Routledge, 1999), by Michael S. Molasky, in Monumenta Nipponica vol. 44, no. 4 (Winter 2000), pp. 622-624.

  • Article. "Escaping the Impasse in the Discourse on National Identity: Hagiwara Sakutarô, Sakaguchi Ango, and Nishitani Keiji." In New Historicism and Japanese Literary Studies: Proceedings of the Midwest Association for Japanese Literary Studies, vol. 4 (Summer 1998). Edited by Eiji Sekine. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan and M.A.J.L.S., 1998.

  • Translation. Excerpts from Sakaguchi Ango's "A Personal View of Japanese Culture" (Nihon bunka shikan, 1942). The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature, ed. by Thomas Rimer and Van Gessel (Columbia University Press). Forthcoming 2003.

  • Translation. "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," by Kageyama Tamio. In New Japanese Voices: The Best of Contemporary Fiction, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1991.


Other Research and Translation Projects
  • Critical Aesthetics: Kobayashi Hideo, Modernity, and the War.
    This book-length manuscript examines the career of Kobayashi Hideo (1902-83), focusing on how modernist literary and aesthetic concerns prompted a reactionary, pro-war stance in this seminal modern Japanese thinker. Complete manuscript currently under review at Harvard University Press.
  • Literary Mischief: Sakaguchi Ango, Culture, and the War, co-edited with Doug Slaymaker. Book-length manuscript. Dorsey contributions include two chapters ("The Scribbler and the Sage," and "The Art of War: Ango's 'Pearls' and the Nature of Literary Resistance") and three complete, annotated translations: "A Personal View of Japanese Culture" (Nihon bunka shikan, 1942), "Pearls" (Shinju, 1942), and "Discourse on Decadence" (Darakuron, 1946). Complete manuscript currently under review at University of Hawai'i Press.
  • "Figures of Conversion: 'Return to Japan' and Tenkô." An exploration of the role of the literary imagination in radicallly critical reformulations of modernity's entrenched universal/particular dichotomy. Focuses on works by Hagiwara Sakutarô and Hayashi Fusao.
  • "Literary Tropes and the Nine Gods of War: 'Fascist Proclivities' Made Real." A book-chapter examining how the system of representation emerging after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor produced the image of a hero for the Pacific War.


 
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