Dr Lawrence E Marceau
PhD in East Asian Languages & Civilizations, Harvard University (1989); MA in Japanese Language & Literature, Kyoto University (1983); AB in East Asian Studies, Colgate University (1976)
- Senior Lecturer in Japanese
- Guest Research Scholar, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University (立命館大学アート・リサーチセンター客員研究員)
- December 2017--November 2018: Visiting Research Scholar, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (国際日本文化研究センター外国人研究員)
Research | Current
- Aesop's Fables and their translation and adaptation in early modern (17th-19th century) Japan
- Illustrated Bestiary Collections in 18th-century Japan
- Literary and cultural study of early modern Japan
- 18th-century intellectual, cultural contacts between Japan and continental Asia
- Woodblock printing and publishing in Japan
- Text/image dynamics in Japanese literature
- Gender and the emotions in Japanese literature
Research interests revolve around the literature and culture of early modern (Edo/Tokugawa period, c. 1580-1880) Japan, and include such issues as:
- The history of printing and publishing using woodblock media,
- Woodblock book illustration and relationships with text,
- Depictions of the creative and publishing process in popular fiction,
- Early modern Japanese intellectual and cultural relations with Chinese and Koreans,
- Nonconformist life styles and their underlying justifications (Daoist and other),
- Bunjin ("literati") in early modern and modern Japan,
- Literary, artistic, and cultural activities by men and women of all classes,
- Gender and ethnic depictions in early modern Japanese literature and art, and
- The yomihon (extended narrative fiction) as a genre.
Interests also focus on the poetry, fiction and other creative and intellectual activities of such individuals as:
- Ihara Saikaku
- Toriyama Sekien
- Aesop ("Isopo" in early modern Japan)
- Ueda Akinari
- Takebe Ayatari
- Santo Kyoden
- Kyokutei Bakin
- Jippensha Ikku
- Tamenaga Shunsui
- Kamo no Mabuchi
- Motoori Norinaga
Teaching | Current
The courses listed below will be offered in 2019
JAPANESE 240 Villains and Heroes in Japanese Literature (Semester 2)
JAPANESE 243 Geisha and Samurai: Edo Literature (Semester 1)
Zoe (Shaoyi) Liang, "Education for Non-Elite Women in Early Modern Japan" (co-supervisor with Dr Ellen Nakamura)
Haiying Hou, "A Reconsideration: Yoshioka Yayoi's View of Womanhood" (co-supervisor with Dr Ellen Nakamura)
01 December 2017: Selected as Visiting Researcher at the International Institute for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto (until 30 November 2018).
29 June 2017: Recipient of Foreign Minister of Japan's Commendation for the promotion of Japan research in New Zealand.
01 July 2013: Selected as Researcher in Residence at the Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries (until 30 June 2014)
No committee or mentoring/advising responsibilities while on leave over 2018.
Areas of expertise
Japanese literature: all periods, but early modern in particular
Classical and Modern Japanese textual studies
Literary translation from Japanese to English
No committee responsibilities while on leave over 2018.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Marceau, L. E. (2011). Yume no naka e -Akinari sakuhin to Resshi-（夢の中へ ー秋成作品と『列子』ー = Into the dream: Akinari's works and the Liezi. In Z. Zhang, Kōno K (Eds.) Higashiajia sekai to chūgoku bunka: bungaku shisō ni miru denpa to saisō （東アジア世界と中国文化：文学・思想にみる伝播と再創）= The World of East Asia and Chinese Culture: Propagation and Re-creation in Literature and Thought (pp. 275-282). Tokyo: Bensei Shuppan.
- Marceau, L. E. (2010). Behind the scenes: narrative and self-referentiality in Edo illustrated popular fiction. Japan Forum, 21 (3), 403-423. 10.1080/09555801003773661
- Marceau, L. E. (2006). Cultural Developments in Tokugawa Japan. In M. Tsutsui William (Ed.) A Companion to Japanese History (pp. 181-210). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
- Media Contact
On leave Semesters One and Two, 2018.
Primary office location
ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 431
18 SYMONDS ST