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Michael S Molasky

Department Affiliations


Specialties

  • Minority literature
  • Jazz studies
  • Japanese fiction
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Cultural history
  • Modern Okinawan literature and criticism
  • Postwar Japanese fiction and cultural history
  • Literature under foreign occupation and colonial rule

Educational Background

  • Ph. D.: Japanese Literature, University of Chicago, Illinois.

Publications

  • The American Occupation of Japan and Okinawa: Literature and Memory. Molasky, Michael, Routledge, 1999.
  • Southern Exposure: Modern Japanese Literature from Okinawa. Molasky, Michael, Steve Rabson, University of Hawai'i Press, 2000.
  • Senryo sareta kioku: Okinawa to Nihon no sengo taiken (Occupied Memories: The Postwar Experience of Okinawa and Japan). Molasky, Michael, Koseisha, 2001.
  • Jazz in Japanese Culture: From Akira Kurosawa to Haruki Murakami [English version of Sengo Nihon no jazu bunka]. Molasky, Michael, Author.
  • Nyuu jazu sutadizu [The New Jazz Studies]. Molasky, Michael, Toshifumi Miyawaki, Tokyo: Kirara shobou, Author, Fall 2007.
  • Sengo Nihon no jazu bunka“”eiga, bungaku, sabukaruchuaa [The Jazz Culture of Postwar Japan: Film, Literature, Subculture]. Molasky, Michael, 2006, Tokyo: Seidosha, Author.
  • Senryo; no kioku, kioku no senryo; [Memories of Occupation, Occupied Memories]. Molasky, Michael, Tokyo: Seidosha, Author, March 2006.
  • A Japanese Story About Jazz in Russia: Itsuki Hiroyuki’s “Farewell, Moscow Gang. Molasky, Michael, Jackson, Miss.: University Press of Mississippi, Author, October 2003.
  • Senryo; no kioku“”Okinawa, Nihon ni okeru gengo, jendaa, aidentiti. Molasky, Michael, Author, September 2003.
  • Medoruma Shun: The Writer as Public Intellectual in Okinawa Today. Molasky, Michael, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, Author, March 2003.
  • Arakawa Akira: The Thought and Poetry of an Iconoclast. Molasky, Michael, London: Routledge, Author, January 2003.
  • Bungaku-teki imeeji ni okeru kichi no machi“”Amerika senryo to bungaku [A Base Town in the Literary Imagination: Literature and the American Occupation. Molasky, Michael, Author, August 2001.
  • Sengo Nihon no shocho toshite no baishun [Prostitution as Symbol in Postwar Japan]. Molasky, Michael, Author, November/December 19.

Research Activities

  • Representations of jazz in postwar Japanese culture: With a focus on literature, film, criticism, and the jazz coffeeshop (jazu kissa) viewed as cultural space
  • Okinawa as a site of literary production and political critique: Analyses concentrate on the writing of Arakawa Akira, Medoruma Shun, and Oe Kenzaburo

Courses Taught

  • ALL 1904 - Freshman Seminar
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