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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. He is currently completing a monograph, which 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

Publications
Peer-Reviewed Article
• “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).
Book Chapter
• “Kanjō hyōgen toshite no ‘bun’ no kindai: Natsume Sōseki Kusamakura ni okeru shiika to shizen to ‘romanshug'.” In Kōno Kimiko and Wiebke Denecke. Eds. Nihon ni okeru “bun” to “bungaku”. Tokyo: Bensei shuppan, 2013.
Translations
• Naitō Akira. “Waka, Tanka, and Community.” In Haruo Shirane et al. Eds. Waka Opening Up to the World: Language, Community, and Gender. 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).

Courses
JAPN2087 Introduction to Japanese Literature: Beginnings to 1900
JAPN2095 Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature
JAPN3007 Translation II (Japanese-English)
JAPN3032 The Formation of Literary Modernity in Japan: The Meiji Period (1868-1912)
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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