Yue Eric Tojimbara

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Buddhist Studies, Premodern Japanese Literature
Yue Eric Tojimbara received his MA in Asian Studies from the University of Oregon. His work there focused on the intersections between vernacular literature and Buddhism in medieval Japan. Since then his interests have shifted towards the early modern period, where he focuses on questions of Buddhist intellectual history, particularly as they are informed by the development of Edo period print culture. He is especially interested in the dynamic and public intellectual exchange between Buddhists and non-Buddhists that occurred on the printed page, whether in the form of cutting edge scholarship or vernacular narrative. His other interests include Buddhist hagiography and historiography, setsuwa, kanazōshi, the history of the book, medieval Japanese manuscript cultures, questions of lineage in East Asian religious thought, and Meiji intellectual history.