Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon
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Michael K. Bourdaghs's Home Page

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.  
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Artwork by Versea Bourdaghs (1941-2008)
All contents copyright 2003-2015 by Michael K. Bourdaghs
Recent Scholarly Publications:
(Complete listing available here. Upated on 9/9/14)
The Dawn That Never Comes:  Shimazaki Toson and Japanese Nationalism
(Columbia University Press, 2003.  The publisher's webpage is
"Modernity, Representation, and Imagetext in Natsume Soseki," for panel on "Cities
of Word and Image: Multi-media in East Asian Modernities,"
Conference, Academica Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, June 22-24, 2015.

"!950: The Year 'Tokyo Boogie Woogie' Crossed the Pacific,"
Waseda University,
Tokyo, July 9. 2015.

「崖の下の家、影の中の人―夏目漱石『門』と意識の流れ」 (in Japanese),
, Tokyo, July 10, 2015.

"Two Japanese Novelists:  Soseki and Toson," at
 Séminaire transatlantique,
"East and West: Traditions of Representation," University of Chicago, December
4-5, 2015.
Recent Fiction and Creative Writing:
(Complete listing available here. Updated on 1/6/2014)
"This Hallowed Ground," short story, published  in
Prime Number Magazine #43 (2013).

"In My Room (Ganz Allein)," novella, published
Eunoia Review (2013).

"Timing is Everything," short story, published in
Temporary Infinity #2 (2011).

"Invasive Species," short story, published in
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, which I guest-edited together with
Tomer Inbar.

"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
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
Kamei Hideo, Transformations of Sensibility:  The Phenomenology of Meiji
Literature, translation edited and with an introduction by Michael Bourdaghs, University of
Michigan Center for Japanese Studies Publications, 2002.  The publisher's webpage is
Upcoming and Recent Public Lectures and Conferences:
(Past events listed here. Updated on 6/8/2015)
Natsume Soseki,  Theory of Literature and Other Critical Writings, edited by Michael
K. Bourdaghs, Atsuko Ueda, and Joseph A. Murphy, Columbia University Press (2009).  The
publisher's webpage is
The Linguistic Turn in Contemporary Japanese Literary Studies:  Politics,
Textuality, Language, Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies, Number 68; edited by
Michael K. Bourdaghs;
University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies Publications, 2010.  
(US$70.00 hardcover, $26.00 paperback)
Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon:  A Geopolitical Pre-History of J-Pop
(Columbia University Press, 2012). The publisher's webpage is
here. Japanese
translation by Okuda Yuji (Byakuya Shobo, 2012) available

Online companion to the book, including sound samples and video links, available here.
"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!"

"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
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." —
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, The Structure of  World History:  From Modes of
Production to Modes of Exchange, translated by Michael K. Bourdaghs,
(Duke University Press, 2014)
"Kojin Karatani is one of the most creative and
important thinkers of the early twenty-first
century."—David Graeber, author of
Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a