R. Keller Kimbrough


Associate Professor

Dept. of Asian Languages and Civilizations

279 University of Colorado, Boulder

Boulder, CO 80309


keller.kimbrough@colorado.edu

 
 


Education:


Yale University, Ph.D., 1999

Columbia University, M.A., 1993

Colorado College, B.A., 1990

 

Publications:


BOOKS and EDITED VOLUMES


Wondrous Brutal Fictions: Eight Buddhist Tales from the Early Japanese Puppet Theater (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013)


Publishing the Stage: Print and Performance in Early Modern Japan, ed. Keller Kimbrough and Satoko Shimazaki (Boulder: University of Colorado Center for Asian Studies, 2011).


Vernacular Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Literature, a special issue of Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (vol. 36, no. 2, 2009), ed. Keller Kimbrough and Hank Glassman.


Preachers, Poets, Women, and the Way: Izumi Shikibu and the Buddhist Literature of Medieval Japan (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, 2008).


ARTICLES and BOOK CHAPTERS


“Late Medieval Popular Fiction and Narrated Genres: Otogizōshi, Kōwakamai, Sekkyō, and Ko-jōruri,” in The Cambridge History of Japanese Literature, ed. Haruo Shirane and Tomi Suzuki, with David Lurie (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016): 355-69.


“Bloody Hell! Reading Boys’ Books in Seventeenth Century Japan.” Asian Ethnology 74, no. 1 (2015): 111-139. [pdf]


“Tengu no hanashi: Tengu no dairi ni okeru rokudō annai,” in Kai’i, yōkai bunka no dentō to sōzō: uchi to soto no shiten kara (Nichibunken conference proceedings), ed. Komatsu Kazuhiko (Kyoto: Nichibunken, 2015): 85-90. [pdf]


“Tokugawa-ke no oni byōsha: kawaraban Ōeyama Chōdon Dōji taiji no zu honkoku to shōkai,” Rikkyō Daigaku Nihon bungaku 111 (2014): 107-113. [pdf]


“Preachers and Playwrights: Ikuta Atsumori and the Roots of Nō,” in Like Clouds or Mists: Studies and Translations of Nō Plays of the Genpei War, ed. Elizabeth Oyler and Michael Watson (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University East Asia Program, 2013), 211-29.


“Sacred Charnel Visions: Painting the Dead in Illustrated Scrolls of The Demon Shuten Dōji,” in Japanese Visual Culture: Performance, Media, and Text, ed. Kenji Kobayashi, Maori Saitō, and Haruo Shirane (Tokyo: National Institute of Japanese Literature, 2013), 35-47. [pdf]


“Oni monogatari no fujō dōsatsu: Shuten Dōji emaki ni okeru igai byōsha,” in Amerika ni watatta monogatari-e: emaki, byōbu, ehon, ed. Kokubungaku Kenkyū Shiryōkan (Tokyo: Perikansha, 2013), 63-74. [pdf]


“Battling Tengu, Battling Conceit: Visualizing Abstraction in The Tale of the Handcart Priest,” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 39, no. 2 (fall 2012): 275-305. [pdf]


“Editors’ Introduction: Theater and Publishing in Early Modern Japan,” in Publishing the Stage: Print and Performance in Early Modern Japan (Boulder: University of Colorado Center for Asian Studies, 2011), 1-14. (Co-written with Satoko Shimazaki)


Ko-Atsumori kō: Heike monogatari Atsumori-tan to namae no igi,” Denshō bungaku kenkyū 59 (May 2010): 51-59. [pdf]


“Editors’ Introduction: Vernacular Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Literature,” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 36, no. 2 (2009): 201-208. (Co-written with Hank Glassman)


“Text and Illustration in Medieval Japanese Fiction”/“Chūsei bungaku no moji-tekisuto to kaiga-imēji kō,” in New Horizons in Japanese Literary Studies, ed. Haruo Shirane (Tokyo: Bensei Shuppan, 2009), 105-107 (English) and 117-119 (Japanese).


“Bonnō shōmetsu monogatari: Tameyo no sōshi to chūsei bungaku ni okeru sanji no kyoyō gendo,” in Nihon bungaku no sōzōbutsu: shoseki, shahon, emaki, ed. Suzuki Jun and Melissa McCormick (Tokyo: National Institute of Japanese Literature, 2009), 79-89. [pdf]


“Kusa-zōshi ni miru otogizōshi juyō,” in Otogizōshi: hyakka ryōran, ed. Tokuda Kazuo (Tokyo: Kasama Shoin, 2008), 601-18.


“Otogizōshi Shuten Dōji / Ibuki Dōji no nikushoku ron,” Kokubungaku: kaishaku to kanshō, bessatsu (October 2008): 141-50. [pdf]


“Illustrating the Classics: The Otogizōshi Lazy Tarō in Edo Pictorial Fiction,” Japanese Language and Literature 42, no. 1 (spring 2008): 257-304.


“Travel Writing from Hell? Minamoto no Yoriie and the Politics of Fuji no hitoana sōshi,” Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies 8 (2007): 112-22. [pdf]


“Preaching the Animal Realm in Late-Medieval Japan,” Asian Folklore Studies 65, no. 2 (fall 2006): 179-204. [pdf]


“Tourists in Paradise: Writing the Pure Land in Medieval Japanese Fiction,” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 33, no. 2 (fall 2006): 269-296. [pdf]


“Murasaki Shikibu for Children: The Illustrated Shinpan Murasaki Shikibu of ca. 1747,” Japanese Language and Literature 40, no. 1 (spring 2006): 1-36.


“Reading the Miraculous Powers of Japanese Poetry: Spells, Truth Acts, and a Medieval Buddhist Poetics of the Supernatural,” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 32, no. 1 (spring 2005): 1-33. [pdf]


Little Atsumori and The Tale of the Heike: Fiction as Commentary, and the Significance of a Name,” Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies 5 (2004): 325-36. [pdf]


Nomori no kagami and the Perils of Poetic Heresy,” Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies 4 (2003): 99-114. [pdf]


“Apocryphal Texts and Literary Identity: Sei Shōnagon and the Matsushima Diary,” Monumenta Nipponica 57, no. 2 (summer 2002): 133-71.


“Voices from the Feminine Margin: Izumi Shikibu and the Nuns of Kumano and Seiganji,” in “Performing Japanese Women,” vol. 12:1 #23 of Women and Performance (2001): 59-78. [pdf]


        TRANSLATIONS


Kachō Fūgetsu,” in Joshua S. Mostow, Courtly Visions: The Ise Stories and the Politics of Cultural Appropriation (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 311-23.


Ko-Atsumori,” in Like Clouds or Mists: Studies and Translations of Nō Plays of the Genpei War, ed. Elizabeth Oyler and Michael Watson (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University East Asia Program, 2013), 247-60.


“The Tale of the Handcart Priest” (Kuruma-zō sōshi). Published online as a digital supplement to Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 39, no. 2 (fall 2012): 1-7. [pdf]


Komine Kazuaki, “Transcribing Bodies and Seeing Bodies: Unraveling Picture Scrolls,” in New Horizons in Japanese Literary Studies, ed. Haruo Shirane (Tokyo: Bensei Shuppan, 2009), 102-104.


Shintokumaru,” “Shuten Dōji,” and “Chūjōhime,” in Traditional Japanese Literature: An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600, ed. Haruo Shirane (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007), 1123-50 and 1160-81.


“The Tale of the Fuji Cave” (Fuji no hitoana sōshi). Published online as a digital supplement to Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 33, no. 2 (fall 2006): 1-22 [pdf].


        ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES


“Shuten Dōji” and “Tengu,” in The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters, ed. Jeffrey Weinstock (London: Ashgate, 2014), 514-16 and 529-32.


         REVIEWS


Vyjayanthi R. Selinger, Authorizing the Shogunate: Ritual and Material Symbolism in the Literary Construction of Warrior Order (Leiden: Brill, 2013), Japanese Language and Literature 49, no. 1 (2015): 85-90.


Haruko Wakabayashi, The Seven Tengu Scrolls: Evil and the Rhetoric of Legitimacy in Medieval Japanese Buddhism (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2012), Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 41, no. 2 (fall 2013): 404-407.


Hank Glassman, The Face of Jizō: Image and Cult in Medieval Japanese Buddhism (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2012), Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 73, no. 1 (2013): 185-89.


Charlotte Eubanks, Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual Culture & Medieval Japan (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2011), Comparative Literature Studies 49, no. 3 (2012): 485-88.


Michael Dylan Foster, Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yōkai (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2009), Asian Ethnology 69, no. 1 (spring 2010): 176-80.


Jacqueline I. Stone and Mariko Namba Walter, eds., Death and the Afterlife in Japanese Buddhism (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008), Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 36, no. 2 (fall 2009): 384-88.


Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen, Emptiness and Temporality: Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008), Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 35, no. 2 (fall 2008): 380-83.


David Bialock, Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories: Narrative, Ritual, and Royal Authority from The Chronicles of Japan to The Tale of the Heike (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007), Journal of Japanese Studies 34, no. 2 (summer 2008): 429-33.


David W. Plath, Preaching From Pictures: A Japanese Mandala (DVD) (Media Production Group, 2006), Visual Anthropology 21, no. 3 (May 2008): 276-77.


Janet R. Goodwin, Selling Songs and Smiles: The Sex Trade in Heian and Kamakura Japan (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007), Monumenta Nipponica 62, no. 3 (autumn 2007): 361-63.


D. Max Moerman, Localizing Paradise: Kumano Pilgrimage and the Religious Landscape of Premodern Japan (Cambridge and London: Harvard University Asia Center, 2005), Asian Folklore Studies 66, no. 1-2 (autumn 2007): 261-63.


Ikumi Kaminishi, Explaining Pictures: Buddhist Propaganda and Etoki Storytelling in Japan (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2006), Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 33, no. 1 (spring 2006): 190-94.


Barbara Ruch, ed., Engendering Faith: Women and Buddhism in Premodern Japan (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, 2002), Japanese Religions 29, no. 1 (January 2004): 131-34.

Academic Teaching Positions:


University of Colorado Boulder: Associate Professor, 2009-

University of Colorado Boulder: Assistant Professor, 2005-2009

Colby College: Assistant Professor, 2001-2005

University of Virginia: Assistant Professor, 2000-2001

University of Michigan: Visiting Assistant Professor, 1999-2000

Yale University: Teaching Fellow, 1995-1997

Areas of Specialization:


Premodern Japanese Literature; Japanese Buddhist Literature; Heian and Medieval Poetry and Poetics; Japanese Narrative Painting; Medieval Fiction; 17th Century Puppet Theater