R. Keller Kimbrough


Professor of Japanese

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., 1994

Colorado College, B.A., 1990

 

Publications:


BOOKS and EDITED VOLUMES


Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds: A Collection of Short Medieval Japanese Tales, ed. Keller Kimbrough and Haruo Shirane (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018).


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


“Neko no Shuten Dōji to Nezumi no Ōeyama emaki,” in Nihon bungaku no tenbō wo hiraku, dai ni kan: kaiga, imēji no kairō, ed. Deguchi Hisanori (Tokyo: Kasama Shoin, 2017), 192-97. [pdf]


“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


Doris G. Bargen, Mapping Courtship and Kinship in Classical Japan: The Tale of Genji and Its Predecessors (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015), H-Asia, H-Net Reviews. March 2017.


Alison McQueen Tokita, Japanese Singers of Tales: Ten Centuries of Performed Narrative (Farnham, UK, and Burlington, USA: Ashgate Publishing, 2015), The Journal of Japanese Studies 42, no. 2 (2016): 402-406.


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: Professor, 2017-

University of Colorado, Boulder: Associate Professor, 2009-2017

University of Colorado Boulder: Assistant Professor, 2006-2009

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