Professor of Japanese
PhD UC Berkeley
Traditional and modern Japanese literature and arts
412 Lattimore Hall
With a PhD in medieval Chinese poetry, David Pollack writes and teaches across the spectrum of premodern and modern Japanese and Chinese literature and arts.
- Poems of the Medieval Japanese Zen Monks, 1200-1500 (in progress)
- Reading Against Culture: Ideology and Narrative in the Japanese Novel. Cornell University Press, 1992
- The Fracture of Meaning: Japan’s Synthesis of China from the Eighth through the Eighteenth Centuries. Princeton University Press, 1986
- Zen Poems of the Five Mountains. Scholars Press, 1985.
- Staging Edo: The Japanese City as Performance (in progress)
- "The Broader View: The Rise of the Ukiyo-e Triptych," Journal of the Society for Japanese Arts (forthcoming, 2012)
- “The Cultural Environment of Edo Shunga,” Impressions: Journal of the Japanese Art Association of America, 31 (2010), 73-88.
- “Designed for Pleasure: The Commercial Contexts of Ukiyo-e Art.” In Jane Oliver and Julia Meech, eds., Designed for Pleasure. Asia Society of New York, March 2008, 269-289.
- “Manpuku wagôjin, The Gods of All Conjugal Happiness: An Illustrated Erotic Story by Katsushika Hoksai.” Hokusai and His Age. Ed. Gian Carlo Calza and John Carpenter. (Hotei Publishers, 2004), 270-297.
- "Shinagawa Shinjū: A Sort of Love Story," Monumenta Nipponica, 57:1 (Spring, 2002), 73-89.
- "Marketing Desire: Advertising and Sexuality in the Edo Arts." In Gender & Power in the Japanese Visual Field. Ed. Norman Bryson, et al. (University of Hawaii Press, 2003), 71-88.
- "Arayuru mono e no hihyô: Mishima Yukio no Hôjô no umi [The Critique of Everything: Mishima Yukio’s Sea of Fertility]," Eureka 30:14 (Nov. 2000 special issue on Mishima), 146-163.
- "The Revenge of the Asians: Aliens, Gangsters and Myth in Kon Satoshi’s World Apartment Horror," in Japan and Global Migration: Foreign Workers and the Advent of a Multicultural Society. Ed. Michael Douglass and Glenda Roberts (Routledge Press, 1999), 153-175.
Courses in Japanese and Chinese traditional and modern culture
- Ukiyo-e: The "Floating World" in Japanese Art, 1600-1860 (Spring 2012).
- China's Silk Road (Spring 2012)
- The History and Development of Chinese and Japanese Languages (Fall 2011)
- Traditional Japanese Culture (Fall 2011)
- Issues in Contemporary Japanese Culture (Spring 2010)
- Traditional Japanese Art (Spring 2010)