Professor YOKOMIZO Hiroshi

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There exist as many Imperial courts as there are novels

The Dynastic period in Japan, and the Heian period especially is very mysterious. Everyone knows very well that those were the times of the nobility in traditional court dresses and twelve-layered ceremonial robes, but it may be hard to imagine how aristocrats really conducted their everyday lives. The images we conjure lack vividness and truthfulness. The more one learns about those times, the more questions arise. It is here that we find the inexplicable appeal of contemplating the Dynastic period.
One point is particularly fascinating about court fiction. The Tale of Genji and other such tales were written and read as popular novels, and yet, contrary to their modern counterparts, they did not simply reflect current realities; instead each work created its own Imperial court. There exist as many Imperial courts, so to speak, as there are novels. As a researcher, I continue the efforts to divine the authorial message behind such reinventions of the court life within these works.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Courses
    Japanese Literature (Special Lecture); Japanese Literature (Seminar)
    Personal History
    Graduated from the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, School of Education, Waseda University
    Received a Ph.D. in Japanese Literature, Graduate Division of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University

    Research Associate, Shinshu University
    Research Associate, Waseda University
    Awarded PD DC2 Research Fellowship for Young Scientists, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
    Lecturer, Shumei University
    Current position
    Ph.D. (Literature)
    Japanese Classical Literature
    Research Subject
    Literature of the Heian period;
    Medieval court literature in Japan
    Japanese court literature of the Heian and Kamakura periods;
    Diary literature (nikki bungaku);
    Pre-modern commentaries
    Association for the Study of Japanese Heian Literature, The Academy of Middle Ages Literature
    Database of Researchers Information
  • Books
    『平安文学の古注釈と受容』、 武蔵野書院、2008(editor)
    Academic Papers
    「『夜の寝覚』の引歌表現「思ふもものの心地」をめぐって─『源氏物語』葵巻の六条御息所との関わりから─」、『考えるシリーズⅡ 知の挑発③ 平安後期 頼通文化世界を考える─成熟の行方』、和田律子・久下裕利編、武蔵野書院、2016、407-430