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Welcome! This page contains information about my
work in modern Japanese literature and culture, my
creative writing, my everchanging musical likes and
dislikes, and other useless information. All opinions,
rational conclusions, emotional outbursts, etc., are my
own. All errors are the fault of someone else.
All contents copyright 2003-2014 by Michael K. Bourdaghs
“Japanism and Neutralism in the Cold War: Rethinking Kawabata’s Japan the
Beatiful and Myself,” Relire Kawabata au 21e siècle - modernisme et japonisme au-
delà des mythes, international conference, Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7, Paris,
France, September 17-18, 2014.
"Popular Music and the Shifting Boundaries of ‘Japan,’" pubic lecture, City College
of New York, November 20, 2014.
Roundtable discussant, Korea/Japan Music Symposium, Columbia University, New
York City, November 21, 2014.
Northwestern University Musicology colloquium series, Evanston, IL, January 15,
"This Hallowed Ground," short story, published in
Prime Number Magazine #43 (2013).
"In My Room (Ganz Allein)," novella, published
in Eunoia Review (2013).
"Timing is Everything," short story, published in
Temporary Infinity #2 (2011).
"Invasive Species," short story, published in Avery:
An Anthology of New Fiction, #4 (2009). The
Emperor of Japan takes historical responsibility, one
fish at a time.
Translations of haiku by Kikaku that I did for the
February 2004 special "Japan" issue of
BigCityLit.com, which I guest-edited together with
"Memoirs of a Geist," short story, published in
Hawai'i Pacific Review, Vol. 16 (2002). Man
walks into a bar; turns out he's Hegel's Geist.
"Disorientation Day," short story, published in
Colere, Vol. 2 (2002). Rockabilly meets Husker Du
on the streets of Tokyo, circa 1987.
"A Hazard of New Fortunes," short story, published
in Elysian Fields Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2002).
Kuki Shuzo and the Minnesota Twins, together at
last.... You can read a sample and order a copy
Upcoming and Recent Public Lectures and Conferences:
(Past events listed here. Updated on 9/9/2014)
"a significant contribution to the literature of both
music history and Japanese studies.... extremely
well written and meticulously researched, engaging
the reader in a detailed adventure.... Bravo!" Choice
"Bourdaghs' work beats consistently up-tempo, direct,
clear prose.... reads quickly yet fully covers an
important historical span of modern Japan.... For
music, history, or cultural fans of contemporary Japan,
this book is a chart-topper."—Japan Times
"there are few academic studies of the history of
postwar popular music in Japan. Previous scholarship
has focused on either a single musician or genre, but
none have attempted to study postwar popular music
with the breadth and ambition of this work."
—Journal of Asian Studies
"a well-researched account of the rise of Japanese
popular music in the post-war period...recommended
for anyone who has an interest in music as a form of
cultural production."—Popular Music & Society
"A welcome edition to the recent corpus of
Japanese literary criticism. Brilliant...
remarkable... clearly written.... The many
dialogues—both explicit and implicit—between
scholars based in Japan and in the United
States constitute the most rewarding part of the
book."—Journal of Japanese Studies
Winner, 2011 Scaglione Prize for Translation of a
Scholarly Study of Literature, Modern Language
One of the Best Books of 2011, Japan Times
"A revelation....The editors deftly explore Soseki's
connection with major currents in Western literary
theory, philosophy, and social and natural science....
An important and impressive contribution to the field
of Japanese literary studies..."— Journal of Asian
"a strikingly original work of remarkable erudition
that is also a rigorous theoretical practice...a book
that speaks widely to literary and cultural critics
and is also a must read for scholars of nationalism
and Japanese modernity." — Journal of Asian
"In its originality and theoretical sophistication it
revolutionizes both the study of Toson and the
study of Japanese nationalism." —Harvard
Journal of Asiatic Studies
“A significant contribution to the criticism in
English on modern Japanese literature that
will rank as a touchstone in the field.”
—Modern Language Quarterly
"An expert translation of Kamei Hideo's
monumental work." —Journal of Japanese
"Kojin Karatani is one of the most creative and
important thinkers of the early twenty-first
century."—David Graeber, author of The
Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a