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Dr. Timothy Unverzagt Goddard
AB Harvard College; MA, PhD University of California, Los Angeles

Assistant Professor

Email: goddard@hku.hk

Timothy Unverzagt Goddard

Timothy Unverzagt Goddard teaches Japanese literature, film, and cultural history. He received his A.B. in East Asian Studies from Harvard College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a scholar, he employs a multilingual and interdisciplinary methodology in his comparative research on the literature of Japanese empire. His research interests include modernism, colonialism, urban space, and visual culture.

From 2010 to 2011, he was a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature and Culture at the University of Tokyo. Prior to his arrival at HKU, he was a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also served as the Asia Research Coordinator for the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, an interdisciplinary group that brings together faculty members and graduate students in such diverse fields as architecture, urban planning, history, philosophy, and anthropology to pursue collaborative research on the city.

He is currently at work on a book manuscript based on his Ph.D. dissertation, “Teito Tokyo: Empire, Modernity, and the Metropolitan Imagination,” exploring literary representations of imperial Tokyo.

Research Interests
- Modern Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Literature
- Edo-Tokyo Studies
- Film Studies
- Urban Studies

“Nagai Kafū and the Aesthetics of Urban Strolling.” In New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics, edited by A. Minh Nguyen. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.
Okakura Kakuzō, “Kokka.” Translation. Review of Japanese Culture and Society 24 (December 2012): 176–183.
__________. “Reading ‘Calligraphy Is Not Art.’” Translation. Review of Japanese Culture and Society 24 (December 2012): 184–195.

Current Research Project
My current research project uncovers traces of Tokyo’s imperial past in the literature of the city, focusing on a period punctuated by two disasters: the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake and the 1945 Great Tokyo Air Raid. In an ambitious scholarly project spanning multiple languages, I reimagine Tokyo as an imperial capital through a comparative reading of Japanese, Taiwanese, and Korean texts. I position these literary geographies in relation to a rich visual culture of modern urban life, including maps, photographs, films, illustrations, and woodblock prints. Drawing insightful connections between the colonies and the metropole, my analysis posits Tokyo both as a symbolic center of Japanese imperial power and as a key site for the experience of modernity in East Asia.

JAPN2082 Japanese Film and Society
JAPN2084 Studies in Japanese Culture
JAPN2085 The Films of Ozu Yasujirō
JAPN2086 Writing Cities: Urban Space in Modern Japanese Literature
JAPN4002 The Literature of Japanese Empire

Office: 5.30 Run Run Shaw Tower
E-mail: goddard@hku.hk
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