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Dr. Daniel Poch
PhD Columbia University (2014)

Assistant Professor

Email: dpoch@hku.hk

Daniel Poch

Daniel specializes in early modern and modern Japanese literature, with a strong focus on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His first monograph, forthcoming from Columbia University Press, examines the significance of “human emotion” (ninjō)—a historical term for amorous feeling and erotic desire—in defining the canon of the novel in nineteenth-century Japan. This study seeks to offer a new integrative perspective on the Japanese novel that challenges the disciplinary divide between Edo and Meiji studies and also highlights important continuities with Chinese literary discourse and fiction.

For his second book project, Daniel plans to move to the twentieth century for a more comparative study focusing on Japanese literature through the lens of modernism as a transnational and global literary aesthetic.

Daniel has received research grants from the German National Merit Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service, the Canon Foundation in Europe, Japan Foundation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the University Grants Council of Hong Kong (GRF-ECS grant).

Research Interests
• Early Modern and Modern Japanese Literature
• Emotion, Desire, Sexuality, and Gender
• The Novel
• Literary Modernism

Selected Publications
Licentious Fictions: Ninjō and the Nineteenth-Century Japanese Novel (forthcoming from Columbia University Press).
Journal Articles
“Translation, Human Emotion, and the Bildungsroman in Meiji Japan: Narrating Passion and Spiritual Love in the Novel Karyū shunwa.” Japanese Language and Literature 53.1 (2019): 63–93
“Measuring Feeling as Theory of Literature: Romanticism and the Performance of Genre in Natsume Sōseki’s Kusamakura and Critical Writings.” Monumenta Nipponica 73.1 (2018): 1–26.
Book Chapters
“Mediating between the Novel and Traditional Poetry: Sketch Prose (Shaseibun) and the Representation of Feelings in Turn-of-the-Century Japan” [in Spanish]. In Paula Hoyos Hattori and Ariel Stilerman. Eds. El Archipiélago: Ensayos para una historia cultural del Japón, 89–98. Buenos Aires: Lomo, 2018.
“Modern ‘Letters’ as Emotional Expression: Poetry, Nature, and Romanticism in Natsume Sōseki’s Kusamakura” [in Japanese]. In Kōno Kimiko and Wiebke Denecke. Eds. Nihon ni okeru “bun” to “bungaku,” 221–33. Tokyo: Bensei shuppan, 2013.
Naitō Akira. “Waka, Tanka, and Community.” In Haruo Shirane et al. Eds. Waka Opening Up to the World: Language, Community, and Gender, 307–18. Tokyo: Bensei shuppan, 2012.
Suzuki Sadami. “Geschichte der japanischen Literatur – Der Fluss der Ausdrucksformen. Zu Beginn.” hon’yaku – Heidelberger Werkstattberichte zum Übersetzen Japanisch-Deutsch 5 (2003): 34–51.


JAPN1011 Introduction to Japanese Studies
Introduction to Japanese Literature: Beginnings to 1900
JAPN2095 Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature
JAPN2097 Introduction to Japanese Modernism
JAPN3007 Translation II (Japanese-English)
JAPN3019 Reading Japanese Literature in Japanese: Twentieth-Century Fiction and Poetry
JAPN3034 Introduction to Classical Japanese (Bungo)

Contact Details
Office: Room 5.35, Run Run Shaw Tower
Email: dpoch@hku.hk
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01951

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