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Dr. Daniel Poch
PhD Columbia University (2014)

Associate Professor

Email: dpoch@hku.hk

Daniel Poch

Daniel specializes in early modern and modern Japanese literature. His first monograph, Licentious Fictions: Ninjō and the Nineteenth-Century Japanese Novel (Columbia University Press, 2020), 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 offers 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.

His second book project investigates the intersection of Japanese literature and aesthetic discourse from the nineteenth through the twentieth centuries.

Daniel has received fellowships and research grants from the German National Merit Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Canon Foundation in Europe, the Japan Foundation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and the University Grants Council of Hong Kong (GRF-ECS grant). He is also the recipient of a Faculty of Arts Research Award for Junior Tenure-track Professoriate Staff (2020).

Research Interests
• Early Modern and Modern Japanese Literature
• Emotion, Desire, Sexuality, and Gender
• The Novel
• Aesthetics and Aesthetic Theory

Selected Publications
1) Licentious Fictions: Ninjō and the Nineteenth-Century Japanese Novel (New York: Columbia University Press, 2020). (click here for link)
Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)
“Reclaiming Ethics Through Love: “Literature” in Natsume Sōseki’s Novel Sorekara.” Japan Forum 33.3 (2021): 402–423 (click here for link)
2) “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. (click here for link)
“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. (click here for link)
Book Chapters
“El género shaseibun entre la novela y la poesía tradicional” [The Genre Shaseibun (Sketch Prose) Between the Novel and Traditional Poetry]. In Paula Hoyos Hattori and Ariel Stilerman. Eds. El Archipiélago: Ensayos para una historia cultural del Japón, 89–98. Buenos Aires: Lomo, 2018.
“Kanjō hyōgen toshite no ‘bun’ no kindai: Natsume Sōseki Kusamakura ni okeru shiika to shizen to ‘romanshugi’” [Literary Modernity and Emotional Expression: Poetry, Nature, and Romanticism in Natsume Sōseki’s Kusamakura]. In Kōno Kimiko and Wiebke Denecke. Eds. Nihon ni okeru “bun” to “bungaku,” 221–33. Tokyo: Bensei shuppan, 2013.
Academic Translations
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.
2) Suzuki Sadami. “Geschichte der japanischen Literatur – Der Fluss der Ausdrucksformen. Zu Beginn” [History of Japanese Literature—The Flow of Expressive Forms: To Begin]. hon’yaku – Heidelberger Werkstattberichte zum Übersetzen Japanisch-Deutsch 5 (2003): 34–51.
Book review
1) Review of Aesthetic Life: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2019), by Miya Elise Mizuta Lippit. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (forthcoming)
.Aesthetic Life: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan


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 Japanese-English: Reading and Translating Modern Japanese Literature
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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