Ted Mack, Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature
Adjunct, Dept of Comparative Literature and Dept of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; Affiliate, Textual Studies Program

 



Research interests: Modern Japanese-language prose; art and capitalism; the flow of literary works throughout the larger Japanese linguistic community; the function of power in the literary field; and theories of diaspora and heterogeneity, particularly as they challenge culturalist concepts of national identity.

My recent book, Manufacturing Modern Japanese Literature: Publishing, Prizes, and the Ascription of Literary Value (Duke University Press, 2010), examines the relationship between the concept of a national literature and the publishing industry. My current project is the role of literature in the Japanese diaspora, focusing on the production and consumption of literary texts from both Tokyo and São Paulo.

In addition, I have been working on Asian American cultural history, with a focus on Japanese-language discourse and literary production. I edited the 28-volume Shiatoru-ban Nihongo tokuhon (reproduction of the textbook series produced in Seattle from 1920-38), and the 16-volume Kashû-ban Nihongo tokuhon (reproduction of the textbook series produced in California from 1924-39). Both were published by Bunsei Shoin (Tokyo), the first in 2012 and the second is forthcoming in May 2014.


Selected Publications


Current Courses:
Spring 2014

JAPAN 533: Modern Japanese Literature Seminar

Contemporary Japanese Fiction
with Professors Davinder Bhowmik and Suga Keijirô
MW 1:30-3:20
SAV 141

 

Upcoming Courses:

Summer 2014

ASIAN 205: Literature and Culture of Modern Japan

Modern Japanese Literature, Film, and Anime
M-F 1:10-3:20
RAI 121
Summer 2014

 
Autumn 2014

C LIT 315D and JAPAN 325: Japanese Cinema

The Films of Naruse Mikio
TTh 11:30-1:20
MLR 316

JAPAN 360: Special Topics in Japanese Literature and Film

New Voices in Japanese Literature
MWF 9:00-10:20
THO 235

Winter 2015

JAPAN 532: Modern Japanese Literature Seminar

with Professor Tsuboi Hideto
TTh 11:30-1:20

JAPAN 432: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Contemporary Short Fiction
MWF 12:30-1:50

Spring 2015

JAPAN 435: Undergraduate Capstone Seminar

Topic TBD
TTh 9:30-11:20

 

Rua Galvão Bueno

Rua Galvão Bueno, Liberdade, São Paulo, Brazil, 1970s (Edson Komiya, photographer)
Acervo do Museu Histórico da Imigração Japonesa no Brasil

Past Courses

Spring 2013-Winter 2014

On sabbatical at Nichibunken in Japan

JAPAN 322: Japanese Literature III

Modern Japanese Literature, 1868-today
Winter 2013

JAPAN 431: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Matsuda Aoko, Akazome Akiko, Yoshimoto Banana, and Okada Toshiki
Autumn 2012

JAPAN 360: Special Topics in Japanese Literature and Film

The Films of Kurosawa Akira
Autumn 2012

HUM 597B: Simpson Center Micro-Seminar

Transnationalism, Visuality, and Identity:
A Microseminar with Shu-mei Shih
30 October 2012 - 20 November 2012

Honors A&S 210a: Humanities for Honor Students (Term A)

Modern Japan through Cinema
Summer 2012

ASIAN 205: Literature and Culture of Modern Japan

Modern Japanese Literature, Film, and Anime
Summer 2012

JAPAN 435: Undergraduate Modern Japanese Literature Seminar

Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature
Spring 2012

JAPAN 433: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Japanese-Language Short Fiction from Brazil
Spring 2012

JAPAN 360: Special Topics in Japanese Literature and Film

The Films of Ozu Yasujirô
Winter 2012

JAPAN 531: Modern Japanese Literature Seminar

New Directions in English-language Japanese Colonial Studies
Autumn 2011

JAPAN 431: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Ikezawa Natsuki, Nakagami Nori, and Asabuki Mariko
Autumn 2011

ASIAN 205: Literature and Culture of Modern Japan

Modern Japanese Literature, Film, and Anime
Summer 2011

Honors A&S 210a: Humanities for Honor Students

Modern Japan through Cinema
Summer 2011

JAPAN 533: Modern Japanese Literature Seminar

Readings in Modern Japanese Cultural Studies
with Professors Odaira Maiko and Kô Yonran
Spring 2011

JAPAN 460: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Nishimura Kenta
Spring 2011

JAPAN 322: Japanese Literature III

Modern Japanese Literature, 1868-today
Winter 2011

JAPAN 432: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Itoyama Akiko
Winter 2011

JAPAN 460: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Tawada Yôko, Matsunami Tarô, and Ishii Shinji
Autumn 2010

ASIAN 205: Literature and Culture of Modern Japan

Modern Japanese Literature, Film, and Anime
Summer 2010

JAPAN 433: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Tanizaki Yui, Maeda Shirô, Kawakami Mieko
Spring 2010

Honors A&S 253a: "Western" Civilization III

Modern Japan through Cinema
Spring 2010

JAPAN 460: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Matsuura Rieko, Natural Woman
Winter 2010

JAPAN 460: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Murakami Haruki's 1Q84
Autumn 2009

JAPAN 590: Modern Japanese Literature Seminar

New Directions in Japanese Cultural Studies
Autumn 2009

ASIAN 205: Literature and Culture of Modern Japan

Modern Japanese Literature, Film, and Anime
Summer 2009

JAPAN 460: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Japanese-language Literature in Brazil (prewar)
Spring 2009

JAPAN 533: Modern Japanese Literature Seminar

Survey: Japanese-Language Texts at Seattle's Nihongo Gakkô
Spring 2009

JAPAN 431: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Kanehara Hitomi, Horie Toshiyuki, Ikezawa Natsuki, Aoki Jungo
Autumn 2008

Honors A&S 262: World Civilization II

Self and Other: Alterity and Japanese Literature, Film, Anime
Summer 2008

ASIAN 205: Literature and Culture of Modern Japan

Modern Japanese Literature, Film, and Anime
Summer 2008

JAPAN 460: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Japanese-language Literature in Brazil (prewar)
Spring 2008

JAPAN 533: Modern Japanese Literature Proseminar

Introduction to Disciplinary Methods
Spring 2008

JAPAN 590: Modern Japanese Literature Seminar
(crosslisted as Honors A&S 397)

Literature and Diaspora: Japanese Fiction in Brazil
Winter 2008

JAPAN 322: Japanese Literature II

Early Modern Japanese Literature, 1600-1900
Winter 2008

JAPAN 431: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Koike Mariko, Kakuta Mitsuyo, and Aoyama Shinji
Autumn 2007

JAPAN 323: Japanese Literature III

Modern Japanese Literature, 1868-today
Spring 2007

JAPAN 360: Special Topics in Japanese Literature

Righteous Violence: Power, Justice, and the East
with Professor Chris Hamm
Winter 2007

JAPAN 432: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Ikuta Sayo, Shigematsu Kiyoshi, and Shôno Yoriko
Winter 2007

JAPAN 531: Modern Japanese Literature Seminar

Literary Debates and The Ascription of Value
Autumn 2006

JAPAN 431: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Levy Hideo, Nakashima Taiko, and Ikuta Sayo
Autumn 2006

JAPAN 433: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Ogawa Yôko and Horie Toshiyuki
Spring 2006

JAPAN 533: Modern Japanese Literature Seminar

The Taishô Literary Scene
with Professor Kôno Kensuke
Spring 2006

JAPAN 360/ASIAN 498:

Citizen, Subject, Traitor: The Paradox of National(ist) Literature
with Professor Scott Swaner
Winter 2006

JAPAN 322: Japanese Literature II

Early Modern Japanese Literature, 1600-1900
Winter 2006

JAPAN 323: Japanese Literature III

Modern Japanese Literature, 1868-today
Spring 2005

JAPAN 531: Modern Japanese Literature Seminar

Nihongo bungaku: Japanese (Language) Literature
Autumn 2004

JAPAN 431: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Murakami Haruki's After Dark
Autumn 2004

JAPAN 533: Modern Japanese Literature Seminar
with Professor RIMBARA Sumio

The Golden Demon: Ozaki Kôyô's Konjiki yasha and
Oguri Fûyô's Konjiki yasha (shûhen)
Spring 2004

JAPAN 433: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Kanehara Hitomi's "Hebi ni piasu"
Spring 2004

JAPAN 322: Japanese Literature II

Early Modern Japanese Literature, 1600-1900
Winter 2004

JAPAN 532: Modern Japanese Literature Seminar

Banned Books: Literary Censorship in Imperial Japan
Winter 2004

JAPAN 460: Readings in Japanese Popular Culture

Contemporary Film, Anime, and Art:
Akasegawa Genpei, Satô Tadao, and Miyadai Shinji
Spring 2003

JAPAN 433: Advanced Reading Comprehension

Okamatsu Kazuo, Adachi Chika, and Chino Yukiko
Spring 2003

JAPAN 322: Japanese Literature II

Early Modern Japanese Literature, 1600-1900
Winter 2003

JAPAN 531: Modern Japanese Literature Seminar

The Early Akutagawa Prizes, 1935-1941
Autumn 2002


The Department of Asian Languages and Literature will be welcoming a number of Japan-related speakers in 2011-12. Please see the Department's homepage for more information.


Spring 2014: SUGA Keijirô joins us from Meiji University. For more about Professor Suga, please see his blog, Mon pays natal.


For more events, see the Department's events calendar.

A bookseller in Kyoto today


Send mail to: tmack@uw.edu
Last modified: June 3, 2014