William Hedberg

Assistant Professor, Japanese
Faculty
Tempe Campus
Mailcode
0202

Biography

Dr. Hedberg's primary research focus is the literature and culture of early modern Japan, and his current project centers on the reception of late imperial Chinese fiction during the Edo and Meiji periods (17th-20th c.).  This project brings together long-standing interests in Sino-Japanese literary contact, the history of translation in East Asia, and travel literature.  Dr. Hedberg's first book, tentatively titled Voices from the Margins: Translation, Nation, and Chinese Fiction in Early Modern Japan, will examine the Japanese reception of the influential Chinese vernacular novel, The Water Margin (Ch. Shuihu zhuan, Jp. Suikoden) as a lens for discussing Japanese theories of translation, Edo-period interest in Chinese language and material culture, and literary aesthetics.  Dr. Hedberg's research has been published in the Journal of Japanese Studies, Japan Forum, The International Journal of Asian Studies, and Sino-Japanese Studies.

 

 

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 relations (esp. early modern Japanese reception of Chinese fiction and drama)

Japanese Sinology

Travel literature

Translation theory

Premodern fiction criticism

Publications

“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, 2017-2018         Academic Year

Mellon Fellowship for Assistant Professors, School of Historical Studies at the         Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, 2017-2018 Academic Year

Social Science Research Council Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship,      2017-2018 Academic Year

Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support Program, 2017-2020 (Co-PI: Stephen      Bokenkamp)

Participant in US Department of Education Title VI UISFL grant (“Asia Mediated”),         2016-2018

 

 

Courses

Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
JPN 415 Advanced Classical Japanese
SLC 421 Japanese Lit in Translation
JPN 484 Internship
SLC 598 Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
JPN 414 Intro to Classical Japanese
SLC 421 Japanese Lit in Translation
JPN 492 Honors Directed Study
SLC 598 Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
JPN 484 Internship
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
SLC 421 Japanese Lit in Translation
JPN 484 Internship
JPN 485 Literary Translation
JPN 585 Adv Problems of Translation
SLC 598 Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
JPN 414 Intro to Classical Japanese
SLC 421 Japanese Lit in Translation
SLC 598 Special Topics

Expertise Areas