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Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies (Series)

This series provides a venue for important works of scholarship in all fields of Japanese studies, most notably works in Japanese history and literary studies. Quality in scholarly content and production are of paramount concern.

Series Editor:

Markus Nornes, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Asian Cinema at The University of Michigan

Center for Japanese Studies

The Publications Program of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan publishes research on Japan by scholars around the world. Works currently appear in print in three series (Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies, Michigan Papers in Japanese Studies, and Michigan Classics in Japanese Studies) and as nonseries publications. Center books have been reviewed in The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, and World Literature Today, as well as in all the major journals on Japanese and Asian studies. Over one hundred universities and colleges have adopted Center titles as textbooks for classes on Japanese language, literature, and culture. The Center also publishes materials of special interest to industry, government, and the general public. The Center published its first book in 1950.


Other CJS series with UMP include:
Michigan Papers in Japanese Studies
Michigan Classics in Japanese Studies


For information on submitting a proposal or manuscript, please visit our guidelines here: https://ii.umich.edu/cjs/publications/submit-a-manuscript.html

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Listening to the Voices of the Dead

The 3-11 Tohoku Disaster Speaks

An incisive observation of the traumas of loss and marginalization brought to the surface by the 2011 Tōhoku Disaster

Samurai with Telephones

Anachronism in Japanese Literature

What anachronisms reveal about historical narratives through Early Modern and Modern Japanese cultural products

The Time of Laughter

Comedy and the Media Cultures of Japan

How laughter shapes contemporary Japanese media

Toward a Gameic World

New Rules of Engagement from Japanese Video Games

Examines the ways in which Japanese video games engage with social issues and national traumas

Negative, Nonsensical, and Non-Conformist

The Films of Suzuki Seijun

The definitive study of the pathbreaking and controversial Japanese film director who expanded the form, rhetoric, and philosophy of popular genre movies

How Dark Is My Flower

Yosano Akiko and the Invention of Romantic Love

Explores romantic love in modern Japanese literature through the work of the leading poet in the Myōjō circle

The Three Treasures

A Revised and Illustrated Study and Translation of Minamoto no Tamenori's Sanboe

An updated, augmented, and illustrated study and translation of this landmark collection of Buddhist tales

Yosano Akiko and The Tale of Genji

Revised Edition

A major contribution to the study of an important Japanese woman writer and a masterwork of reader reception studies

Tokyo Boogie-woogie and D.T. Suzuki

A rare exploration into the unknown life of Alan Suzuki, the son of Daisetsu and the writer of "Tokyo Boogie Woogie"


Discipline, Compassion, and Enlightenment at a Japanese Zen Temple

An intimate and insightful look into the life of a head Sōtō Zen temple in 21st century Japan

Regimes of Desire

Young Gay Men, Media, and Masculinity in Tokyo

Explores the limitations of sexual expression in Tokyo’s “safe” nightlife district and in Japanese media

The Courteous Power

Japan and Southeast Asia in the Indo-Pacific Era

Examining the pivotal relationship between Japan and Southeast Asia, as it has changed and endured into the Indo-Pacific Era

Touching the Unreachable

Writing, Skinship, Modern Japan

How can one construct relationality with the other through the skin, when touch is inevitably mediated by memories of previous contact, accumulated sensations, and interstitial space?

The Buddhist Poetry of the Great Kamo Priestess

Daisaiin Senshi and Hosshin Wakashu

Provides new translations and sensitive readings of the devotional Buddhist poems of Senshi, the Great Kamo Priestess of the Heian period

Black Eggs

Poems by Kurihara Sadako

The poetic voice of one of Japan’s greatest 20th-century poets

The Era of Great Disasters

Japan and Its Three Major Earthquakes

Uncovering the humanity and wisdom within the tragedy of Japan’s disaster responses to three major earthquakes

Going to Court to Change Japan

Social Movements and the Law in Contemporary Japan

Examines the relationship between social movements and the law in bringing about social change in Japan

The Wild Goose

A recreation of Tokyo in the 1880s by one of Japan’s most influential novelists

Playing in the Shadows

Fictions of Race and Blackness in Postwar Japanese Literature

How do encounters with black literature, music, culture, and thinking invite postwar Japanese authors to re-envision the relationship between race and literature in the wake of world war?

Coeds Ruining the Nation

Women, Education, and Social Change in Postwar Japanese Media

A unique glimpse into the hopes and fears of the Japanese people as coeducation was first introduced in the Occupation period.

Gendered Power

Educated Women of the Meiji Empress' Court

Examines the contributions of three powerful Meiji women and how their own education and ideas about Japanese women’s potential shaped how females were to participate in modern society

Beyond the Gender Gap in Japan

Gives critical attention to the issue of Japan’s low level of gender equality and the conflicting information from surveys of women reporting a high sense of well-being

Textures of Mourning

Calligraphy, Mortality, and The Tale of Genji Scrolls

Unfolds the intimate relationship between mourning, writing, reading, painting, and viewing, through The Tale of Genji and its legacy