William Hedberg

Associate Professor, Japanese
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0202

Biography

William C. Hedberg's primary research focus is the literature and culture of early modern Japan.  His first book, The Japanese Discovery of Chinese Fiction: The Water Margin and the Making of a National Canon, was published by Columbia University Press in the fall of 2019. Other research interests include Japanese Sinology, translation studies, and travel literature in early modern and modern East Asia. Hedberg's research has been published in the Journal of Japanese Studies, Japan Forum, East Asian Publishing and Society, and Sino-Japanese Studies, among other venues.

Education

  • Ph.D. East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University 2012
  • B.A. East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Kansas 2005

Research Interests

Sino-Japanese literary and cultural relations (esp. early modern period)

Japanese Sinology

Travel literature

Translation studies

Premodern fiction criticism in East Asia

Publications

"Translation, Colonization, and the Fall of Utopia: The Qing Decline as Explained Through Chinese Fiction" Japanese Literature and Language, Vol. 54.1 (2020), pp. 115-135.

"Chinese Fiction as a 'Signal Bell of the Revolution' and the Transregional Birth of an Author" East Asian Publishing and Society, Vol. 9.2 (2019), pp. 125-150.

"Paradise Lost and Regained: The Passion of Chinese Studies in Meiji-Period Japan" Sino-Japanese Studies, Vol. 26 (2019), pp. 1-30

“Akutagawa Ryūnosuke’s Uncanny Travels in Republican-Era China” Japan Forum 29.2 (June 2017), pp. 236-256.

“Separating the Word and the Way:  Suyama Nantō’s Chūgi Suikodenkai and Edo-Period Vernacular Philology” The Journal of Japanese Studies 41.2 (2015), pp. 343-367.

“Reclaiming the Margins: Seita Tansō’s Suikoden hihyōkai and the Poetics of Cross-Cultural Influence” International Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 12.2 (2015), pp. 193-215.

“The Chinese Afterlives of Coxinga and the Forty-Seven Faithful Rōnin of Akō:  Japanese Puppet Theatre and Cultural Encounter in Edo-Period Nagasaki” Sino-Japanese Studies, Vol. 20 (2013), pp. 34-65.

Research Activity

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship Program

Mellon Fellowship for Assistant Professors, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton

Social Science Research Council Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship

Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support Program

Participant in US Department of Education Title VI UISFL grant (“Asia Mediated”)

 

 

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
JPN 333 Japanese Civilization
JPN 484 Internship
JPN 590 Reading and Conference
JPN 592 Research
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
SLC 421 Japanese Lit in Translation
JPN 484 Internship
JPN 485 Japanese Lit & Art of Translat
JPN 492 Honors Directed Study
JPN 493 Honors Thesis
JPN 499 Individualized Instruction
JPN 585 Adv Problems of Translation
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
SLC 394 Special Topics
JPN 394 Special Topics
JPN 414 Intro to Classical Japanese
JPN 484 Internship
JPN 493 Honors Thesis
JPN 499 Individualized Instruction
JPN 590 Reading and Conference
HST 590 Reading and Conference
JPN 595 Continuing Registration
JPN 599 Thesis
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
JPN 115 Japanese Popular Culture
JPN 484 Internship
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
JPN 414 Intro to Classical Japanese
SLC 421 Japanese Lit in Translation
JPN 484 Internship
JPN 492 Honors Directed Study
JPN 493 Honors Thesis
JPN 499 Individualized Instruction
JPN 590 Reading and Conference
JPN 595 Continuing Registration
JPN 599 Thesis
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
JPN 414 Intro to Classical Japanese
SLC 551 Global Approaches to Trans
JPN 590 Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
JPN 415 Advanced Classical Japanese
SLC 421 Japanese Lit in Translation
JPN 484 Internship
SLC 598 Special Topics