Edward Mack
Department of Asian Languages and Literature
Box 353521, University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195
Tel. (206) 543-4356


Harvard University, Boston
Doctor of Philosophy, modern Japanese literature.
Tokyo University, Tokyo
Graduate research student working under Professor Komori Yôichi.
Columbia University, New York
Master of Arts, modern Japanese literature.
University of Texas, Austin
Bachelor of Arts, history.
"The Value of Literature: Cultural Authority in Interwar Japan."
Advisor: Jay Rubin, Takashima Professor of Japanese Humanities
Master's Thesis:
"Privacy in the Public Arena: The Fictional Spaces of Natsume Sôseki and Uno Kôji."
Advisor: Paul Anderer, deBary/'41 Collegiate Professor of Asian Humanities
Academic Honors:
UW Faculty Research Grant, 2003 and 2005
Whiting Dissertation Completion Grant, 2001-2
Graduate Student Council Summer Research Fellowship, 2001
Fulbright Graduate Research Scholar Grant, 1999-2000
Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship, 1998-9
Harvard full scholarship, 1996-1998
Graduate Society Fellowship, 1998
Reischauer Institute summer research fellowships, 1997 and 1998
Departmental summer research fellowship, 1997
Cornell University research grant, summer 1997
Noma-Reischauer Prize for best graduate student paper, 1997
Professional Experience:
Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Winter 2005
Visiting Researcher, Kobe University
Autumn 2003
Visiting Researcher, Nihon University
Visiting Instructor, Brandeis University
Visiting Instructor, Dartmouth College
Publications and Translations:
  • Manufacturing Modern Japanese Literature: Anthologies, Awards, and the Ascription of Literary Value (forthcoming from Duke University Press).
  • “Tekusuto no aidentitii, arui wa, tekusuto no sôkansei ni kansuru disukuuru” and “Textual Identity: Discourses of Textual Interrelation,” Morii Masumi, ed., The Materiality of Literature (Tokyo: Nihon Daigaku Bunri Gakubu, 2007) 100-11.
  • "Seattle’s Little Tokyo: Bundan Fiction and the Japanese Diaspora," Dennis Washburn and James Dorsey, eds., Reading Material: The Production of Narratives, Genres, and Literary Identities (West Lafayette, IN: Association for Japanese Literary Studies, 2007).
  • "Confronting a Colonial Past, Challenging a Postcolonial Present," review of Yuasa Katsuei, Kannani and Document of Flames: Two Japanese Colonial Novels, trans. Mark Driscoll, Postcolonial Studies: Culture, Politics, Economy 9:1 (March 2006).
  • "Diasporic Markets: Japanese Print and Migration in São Paulo, 1908-1935,"Script & Print: Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand 29 (2005) 163-77. [Errata]
  • Landscapes Imagined and Remembered (West Lafayette, IN: Association for Japanese Literary Studies, 2005). Co-edited with Paul S. Atkins and Davinder L. Bhowmik.
  • "Accounting for Taste: The Creation of the Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for Literature," Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 64:2 (December 2004).
  • Review, Maeda Ai, Text and the City: Essays on Japanese Modernity, Journal of Asian Studies 63:4 (November 2004).
  • "Pure Art as Mass Culture: Industrialized Publishing and 'Modern Japanese Literature,'" in Wilt Idema, ed. Books in Numbers (Cambridge: Harvard-Yenching Library, 2007).
  • "Marketing Japan's Literature in its 1930s Colonies," Books and Empire, special issue of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Bulletin 28:1/2 (2004).
  • The Japanese poetry of Yi Sang; a collection of poems for David McCann, ed. The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry (Columbia University Press, 2004).
  • Abe Kôbô, "Te," "Shinin tôjô," and "Shinin saitôjô" for Juliet W. Carpenter, ed. Abe Reader (forthcoming from Kodansha.)
  • Murakami Takashi, Super Flat (Madra Publishing Co., Ltd., 2000).
  • Tanaka Katsuhiko, "The Discovery of a National Language in Meiji Japan" in Canon and Identity: Japanese Modernization Reconsidered (German Institute of Japanese Studies, 2000); translated with Ian Astley.
  • Kamei Hideo, "Western Elements in the Formation of Modern Japanese Literature: The Problem of the Protagonist and Structure" in Canon and Identity: Japanese Modernization Reconsidered (German Institute of Japanese Studies, 2000).
  • Abe Kôbô, "Hand" ("Te") originally appeared in the Winter 1996-97 issue of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.
  • “The Japan Art Institute” (with Reiko Tomii), “Takayama Tatsuo,” and “Yokoyama Misao” in Ellen Conant, ed., Nihon-ga (Inshô-sha, 1995).
  • "'Colonial' Fiction and Textual Identity" at Princeton University, November 2007.
  • "Tekisuto no aidentitii, arui wa, tekisuto no sôkansei ni kansuru disukuuru" at Nihon University, July 2007.
  • "Nihon bungaku no hate: San Pauro no Endô Shoten" at Ritsumeikan University, July 2007.
  • "Colonial Literature and Textual Identity" at the University of Washington, June 2007.
  • "Diasporic Imperialism: 'Colonial Literature' in São Paulo, 1908-1941" at Columbia University, October 2006.
  • "Senzen San Pauro no shomotsu shijô -- Endô Shoten no ikisatsu" at Keiô University, June 2006.
  • "Literature and Diaspora: Reconsidering the Object of Knowledge" at the University of Washington, May 2006.
  • "Binding the Field: Publishing History and Modern Japanese Literature" at the University of Michigan, February 2006.
  • "Publishing and the Creation of a Cultural Identity: Selling Modern Japanese Literature" at the University of California, Berkeley, December 2005.
  • "Seattle’s Little Tokyo: Bundan Fiction and the Japanese Diaspora" at Dartmouth College, October 2005.
  • "Busshitsu-teki na kindai Nihon bungaku-shi to sono igi" at São Paulo University, June 2005.
  • Introduction to Kabuki and taidan with Japanese National Living Treasure Nakamura Ganjirô at Seattle Asian Art Museum, June 2005.
  • "Anthologies and Awards: Publishing History and Modern Japanese Literature" at Columbia University, April 2005.
  • "Shuppan bunkashi to Nihon kindai bungaku" at Kobe University, March 2005.
  • "Diasporic Markets: Japanese Print Culture and Migration to Brazil" at the Paradise of Readers Conference, University of Victoria, Wellington, February 2005.
  • "Kaigai ni watatta hôji insatsubutsu: San Pauro, 1918-1935" at Nihon University, September 2004.
  • "Literary History, Linguistic Identity, and the Indelible Traces of Imperialism" at the Modern Language Association conference, December 2003.
  • "Soto kara mieru mono: Amerika de no Nihon bungaku kyôiku" at Kobe University, December 2003.
  • "The Industrialization of Literary Publishing in Japan: Technology, Commerce, and Community" at the Books in Numbers Symposium, Harvard University, October 2003.
  • "Technology, Commerce, Community: The Production of Japanese Literature" at the University of Washington, October 2003.
  • "Marketing Japanese Classics in its 1930s Colonies" at the Books and Empire in Asia Conference, University of Sydney, February 2003.
  • "Social Realism: Exteriority and the Modern Literary Canon" at the Association of Japanese Literary Studies Conference, Purdue University, October 2002.
  • "Pulp(ed) Fiction: Bandô Kyôgo and the Creation of an Imperial(ist) Culture" at the University of Washington, February 2002.
  • "Critical Mass: The Concept of Taishû" at the Categorizing Taishô Conference, Harvard University, April 2001.
  • "Dissolving Boundaries: The Future of Japanese Literary Studies" at the Modern Japan Workshop, Yale University, March 2001.
  • "Awarding Distinction: The Creation of the Akutagawa Prize" at the German Institute of Japanese Studies, December 1999.
  • "The Reconstruction of a Literary Legacy" at the Columbia University Graduate Student Conference, February 1999.
  • "The Japanese Poetry of Yi Sang" at the New England Association of Asian Studies Conference, Tufts University, October 1998.
  • "The Abacus and the Canon" at the Columbia University Graduate Student Conference, February 1997.
  • "The Production of Literary Cultural Capital in 1927 Japan" at the Ford Foundation Visual and Material Cultural Seminar, Harvard University, February 1997.
  • "Privacy in the Public Arena" at the Columbia University Graduate Student Conference, February 1996.

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