Kirk Kanesaka

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Premodern Japanese Literature
Kirk Kanesaka earned his MA from USC where his interest was in the different portrayals of the Shunkan sequence found in the different variants of the Tale of Heike. Currently, his interests has shifted to the Edo period where he examines the relationship between popular fiction and theater. In particular, he focuses on writers such as Ihara Saikaku, Chikamatsu Monzaemon and Ki no Kaion. He is also interested in the portrayal of the supernatural, animals and the deranged figures by the Bunraku and Kabuki Theaters. He is currently a Fulbright scholar for 2013-2014, where he is conducting his research at Waseda University and Tokyo University.