Edward Kamens

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Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies; DGS AY 17-18
320 York Street, Room 310 New Haven, CT 06511-3627

B.A., Yale University, 1974
Ph.D., Yale University, 1982


I have been a member of EALL faculty since 1986; I taught previously at U. of Chicago, UCLA, and U. of Washington.  At Yale I have served as EALL’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, and Chair; I have also been the Associate Master and Master of Saybrook College. My teaching covers Japanese literature from the earliest periods into the 19th century; my research interests focus primarily on the poetry and prose genres of the Nara, Heian and Kamakura periods.  Major publications include Utamakura, Allusion and Intertextuality in Traditional Japanese Poetry (1997); The Buddhist Poetry of the Great Kamo Priestess: Daisaiin Senshi and Hosshin wakashū (1990); and The Three Jewels: A Study and Translation of Minamoto Tamenori’s Sanbōe (1988); Heian Japan, Centers and Peripheries, ed. with Mikael Adolphson and Stacie Matsumoto (2007); and articles in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies and Journal of Japanese Studies. My current projects examine the relationship between traditional poetry (waka) and material culture:  a monograph on this subject, Waka and Things, Waka as Things, will be published by Yale University Press in autumn 2017.

I am also coordinating The Tekagami- Project, to produce a complete interactive digital presentation of this 17th century calligraphy masters’ sampler (in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) on the basis of research by an international team of scholars, curators, conservators and materials scientists.  The project is supported by a grant from the Digital Humanities Lab, Yale University, and by the Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University. The project web site, under construction, can be viewed here.

Click here for materials presented at the March 2013 Waka Workshop (at Yale University) on Shakkyōka.  Included are contributions based on original workshop presentations by the following scholars:  Jean-Noël Robert, Stephen Miller, Takeshi Watanabe, Hirano Tae, Riley Soles, Ethan Bushelle, Ashton Lazarus, Araki Hiroshi, and Edward Kamens.