Drisana Misra

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Drisana Misra is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.

She received her B.A. in Literature from Yale University in 2013, earning honors for a thesis on the transnational receptions of the Keichō Embassy (1613–1620). From 2013–2015, she served as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she taught courses in English writing and literature.

Her research concerns the visual and literary exchanges between the Japanese archipelago, the Iberian Peninsula, and the Americas during the early modern globalization of the 16th–17th centuries. She is currently working on her dissertation thesis, “Japanese New Worlds: Visual and Literary Exchanges of the Nanban Period,” which examines how representations of geographic imaginaries, barbarian others, animal collections, bilingual glossaries, and other phenomena evidenced Japanese participation in the exchange of global knowledge systems. She aims to re-examine and challenge existing Eurocentric narratives of the period to underline the complexity of intersecting world systems and reveal the agency of diverse groups and individuals who collected, shaped, and transmitted global knowledge.

She is spending 2019–2020 as a visiting researcher at Kyushu University and at the Historiographical Institute at the University of Tokyo. Her research is generously funded by a Fulbright-IIE Graduate Research Grant.

Interests: Nanban material culture; early modern Japanese literature and visual culture; colonial Latin American literature and material culture; global trade and exploration of the 16–18th centuries; early modern cartography; book history; encyclopedism; bilingual dictionaries; decolonization; transimperial identities; indigeneity; creolized aesthetics; human-animal studies; East-Asian literary theory.

Languages: English, Japanese, Classical Japanese (kanbun and kuzushiji), Spanish.