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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 2003-2012 by Michael K. Bourdaghs
"Theorizing Literature from Japan, 1907," Comparative Literature Luncheon Series, September
16, 2013, Pennsylvania State University.
Association for Japanese Literary Studies Annual Meeting, October 18-19, 2013, University
of Chicago. Panel chair and conference co-organizer.
"Rethinking Postwar Japanese Culture as Cold War Culture: The Remarkable Life and
Times of Jiuji 'George' Kasai, AB'13," public lecture, University of Chicago Humanities Day,
October 19, 2013.
"Cosmopolitanism, Popular Song, and Asian Musical Responses to the Cold War," June 7-8, 2014,
University of Chicago Beijing Center, Beijing, China. Workshop co-organizer.
"This Hallowed Ground," short story, forthcoming
in Prime Number Magazine.
"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 here.
Upcoming and Recent Public Lectures and Conferences:
(Past events listed here. Updated on 9/11/2013)
"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 from the early days of the US occupation of
Japan through the many stylistic transitions that define the
eclectic world of popular music.... 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-
"compellingly readable...an original account of how Japan,
in the post-war and Cold War years, was able to break
with an historical narrative centered on the U.S. military
occupation and Japan's subsequent confinement within the
American imperium to enter the actual world....
persuasively shows how Japan moved to engaging a
genuinely global geopolitical aesthetics, shaping it and
being shaped by it, that successfully left behind the narrow
precinct of America's Japan for the new world announced
by J-Pop."— Harry Harootunian, The Struggle Between
History and Memory (Duke University Press)
"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 Association
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 Studies
"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 Studies
"In its originality and theoretical sophistication it
revolutionizes both the study of Toson and the study of
Japanese nationalism." —Harvard Journal of Asiatic
“A significant contribution to the criticism in English on
modern Japanese literature that will rank as a
touchstone in the field.” —Modern Language
"An expert translation of Kamei Hideo's monumental
work." —Journal of Japanese Studies