James (Jim) Dorsey

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Japanese literature, culture, and language

My research interests focus on the interface of culture, ideology, and power. I explore this in my writing on Japanese novelists and critics during Japan's quest for empire (roughly 1935 ~ 1945) and in my work on the various challenges to the status quo in the radical 1960s. The theory and practice of translation is another area of great interest to me.

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Anonymous, Room 209
HB 6191


Asian Societies, Cultures and Languages


  • B.A. Colgate University
  • M.A. Indiana University
  • Ph.D. University of Washington
  • research affiliations at Hosei University, Keio University, Kanda University of International Studies, Waseda University (Japan)

Selected Publications

  • "Literature at War's End: The 'Prosecution' of Writers in Bungaku Jihyō." In Literature Among the Ruins: Postwar Japanese Literary Criticism, ed.Ueda, Atsuko, et al. Lantham, MD: Lexington Book, 2018, pps 159-175.

  • 「1960 年代のフォーク的主体性」 (in Japanese; The Folk Music Subjectivity of the 1960s). In Tōya Mamoru, ed.,『日本文化に何を見る:ポピュラーカルチャーとの対話』. Tokyo: Kyōwakoku, 2016, pp. 69~105.

  • "Breaking Records: Media, Censorship, and the Folk Song Movement of Japan's 1960s." In Asian Popular Culture: New, Hybrid, and Alternate Media, ed. John A. Lent and Lorna Fitzsimmons. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013, 79~107.

  • "Manga and the End of Japan's 1960s." In Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels , ed. by Michael A. Chaney.  Madison, WI: U of Wisconsin Press, 2011.

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Works In Progress

  • Book length manuscript on the political folk song movement of Japan in the late 1960s.

  • Article: "Like the Birds Soaring Above the Waters: The Translation History of the North Korean Song 'The Rimjin River'."