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

Assistant Professor

Email: goddard@hku.hk

TU 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, visual, and architectural representations of Tokyo as an imperial capital.

- Modern Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese literature
- Japanese empire
- colonial modernity
- Edo-Tokyo Studies
- modernism
- Film Studies
- Urban Humanities

“Nagai Kafū.” In Routledge Online Encyclopedia of Modernism (forthcoming).
“Nagai Kafū and the Aesthetics of Urban Strolling.” In New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics, edited by Minh Nguyen. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (forthcoming).
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.

My current research project focuses on Tokyo from the mid-1910s to the mid-1930s, during the height of the Japanese empire, and on the different ways in which the city was experienced, lived, and imagined. Underlying my research is the following question: what did it mean for Tokyo to become an imperial capital? This question has prompted me first to look backwards in time, to trace the city’s transformation from Edo, the shogunal seat of power, to Tokyo, the capital of modern Japan. It has also led me to look beyond the national borders of Japan, to consider Tokyo in relation to contemporary imperial capitals in Europe such as London, Paris, and Berlin, as well as in conjunction with colonial capitals in the Japanese empire such as Kyŏngsŏng (Seoul) and Taipei.

I approach the underlying complexities in the imagination of Tokyo as an imperial capital by placing Japanese writings in the context of writings in other languages, particularly Chinese and Korean. I also draw upon non-literary forms of expression, such as architecture, urban planning, art, film, and photography, all of which generate actual or imagined visions of Tokyo. Through this research, I uncover spaces that cannot be subsumed into the imperial capital, revealing the actuality of the city’s multiplicity.

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

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E-mail: goddard@hku.hk
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