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Earl Jackson, Jr.

Chair Professor

Education

1984-87 Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Princeton University. Dissertation: "Comparative Heresies: Transcendence and Immanence in Modernist Poetics in Japan, France, and the United States"
1982-84 M.A., Comparative Literature, Princeton University
1980-82 M.A., East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University. Thesis: "Meaning to See: The Sôtô Zen Hermeneutics of Dôgen Kigen" (1200-1253)
1979-80 Inter-University Center for Japanese Language, Tokyo
1977-79 M.A., East Asian Literature, Cornell University. Thesis: "Textual Aspects of Participatory Realism in Noh: The Lyric Sequence in the Noh Text."
1975-76 Deutsche Akademische Auslandsdienst Fellow, Universität Würzburg
1973-76 B.A., Summa cum Laude, German Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Professional Experiences

Academic Affiliations
2017-2019, Chair
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
2013-2019, Professor
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
2012-2013, National Science Council Visiting Professorship
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chiao Tung University
2009-2012, Visiting Professor
Department of Cinema Studies, Korean National University of Arts
2006-2009, Professor
English Language and Literature, Korea University
2004-2005, Visiting Professor
Department of Cinema Studies, Korean National University of Arts
2002-2003, Visiting Research Fellow
East-West Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
1993-2006 (retired), Associate Professor
Department of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
1989-1993, Assistant Professor
Department of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
1987-1989, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Humanities Program, University of Minnesota
1987-1989, Assistant Professor
East Asian Studies, University of Minnesota
1984-1987, Instructor
East Asian Studies, University of Minnesota


Classes in charge

Topics in English & Globalization
Studies in Literary Genres


Journal Articles

“Interrupting the Melodrama: Kawashima Yuzo’s Interventions in Genre and Gender.” Concentric. 46.2 (September 2020).
Earl Jackson and Patrick Noonan, “Genre in Asian Cinema: An Introduction” Concentric. 46.1 (March 2020): 3-10.
“The Cinematic Subject in Masumura Yasuzo” Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture. 12.3 (Dec 2019): 151-179
“Passionate Agendas: Melodrama in the Films Yoshimura Kozaburo.” Asian Cinema. 30.1 (Spring/Summer 2019). 1-19
“What Lingers . . .” Nang 7 Fall 2019. 7-8.
“When Dreamboats Sweat: A Reverie.” Nang 7. Fall 2019: 47-52
“Behind the Mosaics: An Interview with Imaizumi Koichi.” [Conducted in Japanese and Translated by Earl Jackson] Nang. 7. Fall 2019: 75-81.
“The Magic that Happens: An Interview with Kanakan-Balintagos” Nang. 7 (Fall 2019): 87-92.
“Writing Internal Distances: Renee Gladman’s Translucent Poetics” Tripwire 15 (Spring 2019). 115-129.
“Dreams, Dolls, and Drives: Sexual Subjectivity in the Films of Kim Kyung-mook.” Reconstruction. 16.2 (2016)
“Borrowing Trouble: Old Boy as Adaptation and Intervention“ Transnational Cinemas 3.1 (2012): 39-51
“Another Scene: Social Networks, Digital Fantasy, Psychical Reality. “ Trans: Journal of Trans-Asian Screen Culture. Vol 5 (Dec 2011): 28-75
“Playing for Real: Game Ontology and Epistemology in Contemporary Anime” Trans: Journal of Trans-Asian Screen Culture. Vol 5 (Dec 2011): 76-88
“Provocative Spectatorship: John Yau's Poetics of Looking and Seeing” 현대영미시연구, Vol 15, No 1 (May 2009) 147-174
“Gender Software and Political Hardware: Serial Experiments Lain and Ghost in the Shell. 아시아 영화의 근대성과 지정학 미학. EdsS. Kim Soyoung, Earl Jackson, Jr., Im Taegeun. (Seoul: Hyeonsil Munhwa, 2009): 45-89.
“Tell it Slant': Negotiating the Communication Barrier in the American Poetry Classroom” 영미문학교육, Vol 12, No 1, (Feb 2009) 83-104
“The Medium is the Message : Cinematic Intertextuality in Im Kwon-Taek 's The General's Son”. Silhouette, Vol 7 (2009) 54-63
“Entertaining Otherness: Difference in Contemporary Japanese Cinema” Iconics, Vol 9, (Fall 2008) 25-46
“The Subject of Representation in Korean Cinema : Two Limit Cases” Journal of the Moving Image. (Spring 2008) Vol. 7 49-66
“Affective Affinities : The Politics of Excess in Korean Melodrama” Nosferatu (Spring 2007) 49-58
“새로운 상상의 공동체들: 현대 일본영화에서의 차이와 정체성” 트랜스: 아시아 영상문화. Ed. Kim Soyoung (Seoul: Hyeonsil MunhwaYeongu, 2006) 479-531.
"Polylogic Perversity." GLQ Spring 2003.
"Desire on the Line" [with Group 136]. Red Wheelbarrow. Spring 1998.
"Imagining it Otherwise: Sexual Alternatives in Samuel R. Delany's Speculative Fiction." Fractal. (Spring 1995): 3-34.
"Desire at Cross(cultural) Purposes: Hiroshima, Mon Amour and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. Positions 2.1 (Spring 1994) Special Issue, Circuits of Desire. Ed. Yukiko Hanawa. 133-174.
"Death Drives Across Pornotopia: Dennis Cooper on the Extremities of Being." GLQ. 1.2 (1994): 143-161.
"Scandalous Subjects: Robert Glück's Embodied Narratives." differences 3.2 (Summer 91). Queer Theory: Lesbian and Gay Sexualities. Ed. Teresa de Lauretis. 112-34.
"The Heresy of Meaning: Japanese Symbolist Poetry." Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. Dec. 1990.
"The Metaphysics of Translation and the Origins of Japanese Symbolist Poetics." PMLA. March 1990. 256-272.
"Kabuki Narratives of Male Homoerotic Desire in Saikaku and Mishima." Theatre Journal 41.4 (Dec 1989). 459-77.
"Elaboration of the Moment: the Lyric Tradition in Modern Japanese Narrative," Literary Studies East and West, Vol. 2: Literary History, Narrative, and Culture , Eds. D. Wissanayake and S. Bradbury. Honolulu: Univ. of Hawaii Press. 1989. 5-13.
"A Sanskrit Model for the Poetics of Presentation" O.ar/s3: Languages (Fall 1986): 261-270.
"Towards a Phenomenology of Oe Kenzaburo: Self, World, and the Intermediating Microcosm," Transactions of the International Conference of Orientalists in Japan XXV (1980).


Conference Papers

Conference Papers and Public Lectures:
“Walking After Midnight [Cowboy]: The Trauma of Desire and the Stakes of Intepretation.” Seminar on Jacques Lacan’s Seminar VI. Inter-Chicago Circle for Experimental Critical Theory. University of Illinois, Chicago. October 30, 2019.
“Silverscreen Dreamboats and the Questions Sex Asks” Center for East Asian Studies. University of Chicago. October 29, 2019.
“Aftermath and Interval: Hermeneutic Time at the Margins of Action in Ashes of Time and The Assassin”. Multiple Temporalities Conference. Modernist Studies in Asia Network. Aoyama Gakuin, Tokyo. September 12-14, 2019
“Templates for Trauma: Genre as Historiography in Japanese and Korean Cinemas.” Korean Cinema Globalism Conference. Trans-Asian Screen Cultures. Seoul. May 6-8, 2019
Keynote Address: Japan Society for Cinema Studies. “Framing Structures and Points of Entry: Observation and Engagement in the Films of Yoshida Kiju.” Japanese Association for Cinema Studies Summer Conference. Kokushikan University, Tokyo. June 22, 2019.
“’Restore the Order of the World': Disaster Poetics of Entropy, Ecology, and Empathy in the Films of Kurosawa Kiyoshi”. Harvard-Yenching Workshop on Ecocriticism and Asian Humanities. Harvard University, April 2, 2019.
“The Cinematic Subject in Masumura Yasuzo,” Harvard University, April 1, 2019.
“The Poetics and Politics of Desire in the Films of Tanaka Kinuyo”. Kinema Club Conference on Gender and Sexuality in Japanese Cinema. Yale University, February 2019
“Critical Conditions: Theory and Practice in Masumura Yasuzo and Yoshida Kiju”. July 23, 2018. Global University Project, Waseda University.
“Non-innocent Pleasures: Japanese Genre Film in the 1960s-70s.” Meiji University, Tokyo. July 12, 2018.
“Passionate Agendas: Melodrama in Yoshimura Kozaburo.” Keio University, Yokohama Campus. June 30, 2018.
“The Cinematic Subject in Masumura Yasuzo.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Toronto, March 14-18, 2018.
“Cogito Ergo Proxy: Identity and Representation in Japanese Anime.” Institut für Sprachen und Kulturen des Nahen Ostens und Ostasiens
Lehrstuhl für Japanologie I. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. January 31, 2018.
Discussant, Plenary Session I: “Worlding Asia” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Conference, Sungkunghoe University, Seoul. July 28, 2017.
“Passionate Agendas: Melodrama and Meaning in Yoshimura Kozaburo and Masumura Yasuzo.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Conference. Sungkunghoe University, Seoul. July 29, 2017.
“Realism and Representation in Masumura Yasuzo” Asian Studies Conference in Japan Conference. Rikkyo University, Tokyo. July 8, 2017.
“Passionate Agendas: the Poetics and Politics of Japanese Melodrama” Department of Comparative Literature and Department of Media Studies. University of California, Riverside. May 10, 2017.
“Critical Conditions: Japanese Film Theory and Practice”. Department of Literature and Cultural Studies Program. University of California, Santa Cruz. May 3, 2017
“Re-framing Loss: Japanese Cinematic Melancholia.” East Asian Studies Department, Stanford University. April 27, 2017
“Reading Technopoetic Japan.” Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley. April 24, 2017
“Framing the Anarchy of Vision: The Poetics and Politics of the mise-en-scène in the Films of Yoshida Kiju.” Signifying Spaces: Theory, Method, Textual Practice Conference. Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. Sep 26 - Sep 28, 2016.·
“Terminal Reader: Catastrophic Urban Literacy in Kobo Abe” at the Association for Cultural Studies Japan Conference. Sophia University, Tokyo. June 24-26, 2016.
“Wuxia as Experimental Template in Ashes of Time and The Assassin”. Workshop on Hou Hsiao Hsien’s The Assassin. Academia Sinica. August 2016.
Communications Studies Speakers Series, Vietnam University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi. December 15, 2014.
Paper: “Seeing as Being in Japanese Cinema 1930s-1950s”
Kinema Club XV: Film and Moving Images From Japan NOW - Film in the New Media Ecology, Goethe University Frankfurt / Nippon Connection Film Festival June 05-06, 2015
Paper: “Dis-contents of the Form: Kumakiri Kazuyoshi’s Novel Adaptations.”
International Conference on Cultural Studies, University of Guam, March 11, 2014
Keynote Lecture: “Resituations: East Asian Cinemas in Inter-Asian Contexts”
Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. Chiao Tung University, Shanghai. June 27-29.
Paper: “Asia from Variable Proximities: Leslie Scalapino’s Radical Travelogue Poetics”
Asian Cinema Conference. University of Macao, Macao. July 14-16, 2014
Paper: “’I Miss you So I Am: Melancholia in Contemporary Japanese Cinema”
“Cogito ergo Proxy: Radical Doubt in Japanese Anime” Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. November 7, 2013
“Subjective Ecologies in Kim Ki-Young and Kim Ki-Duk” Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. November 6, 2013
“The Consequences of the Image: Resituating Spectatorial Knowledge” Keynote Lecture, Visual Culture Conference, National Central University, Jongli, Taiwan, October 25, 2013.


Thesis and Books

Books
Strategies of Deviance. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press 1995)

Chapters in Books
“Silverscreen Dreamboats and the Polyvocal Address in 1950s Japanese Romance”. Companion to Japanese Cinema. Ed. David Desser. London: Blackwell. 2021
“’What the Hell is Meaning?’: Affect and Structure in Monga.” In. 33 Takes on Taiwan Cinema. Lin Wenchi, Ed., (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press 2021).
“Fellini in Japan”. Wiley Blackwell Companion to Federico Fellini. Eds. Frank Burke, Marguerite Waller and Marita Gubareva. London: Wiley Blackwell. 2020. 439-444.
“Dolls, Dreams, and Drives: Sexual Subjectivity in the Films of Kim Kyungmook.” Trans. Kim Seon-Myeong. Hanguk Kwieo Yeonghwasa. Ed. Yi Dong-yun. (Seoul: Pikcyeo Risu 2020). 38-52.
“Re-framing Loss: Japanese Cinematic Melancholia in Inter-Asian Frameworks” in The Handbook of Asian Cinema. Ed. Gina Marchetti, See Kam Tan, Aaron Park (London: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018)
異質性的娛思:當代日本電 影中的差異與認同. 倪志昇譯, 新視界:視覺文化研究論文集.Ed. Pin-chia Feng. 2016.
“The Japanese Western: The Watari-dori Series” in Men of the East: On Asian Westerns. (Busan: Busan Film Festival Press). 2011.
“Killer Looks : Dennis Cooper's Tough Platonic Love” Enter at Your Own Risk: The Dangerous Art of Dennis Cooper. (Dickinson University Press 2006) 83-93
“Death Drives Across Pornotopia: Dennis Cooper on the Extremities of Being.” Enter at Your Own Risk: The Dangerous Art of Dennis Cooper. (Dickinson University Press 2006) 151-174
"Oxydol Poisoning." Names We Call Home: Autobiographical Essays in Radical Identity. Eds. Becky W. Thompson and Sangeeta Tyagi. New York: Routledge. 1996.
"Mono no Imi to Mono no Seimei: Kindaishi no Jojoo ni Kansuru Hikakuteki Koosatsu." ["The meaning of the object and the life of the object: a comparative study of modern lyric poetry."] Trans. Sawairi Yõji. in Uta to Shi no Keifu. [Genealogies of Japanese Traditional and Modern Poetry] Ed. Kawamoto Koji. Tokyo: Chuo Koron, 1994. 257-276. [On Saito Mokichi's theories of tanka poetry, their relation to 17th-Century Japanese theories

Thesis
Ph.D Dissertation, Princeton University: "Comparative Heresies: Transcendence and Immanence in Modernist Poetics in Japan, France, and the United States"
MA Thesis, Harvard University: "Meaning to See: The Sôtô Zen Hermeneutics of Dôgen Kigen" (1200-1253)
MA Thesis, Cornell University: "Textual Aspects of Participatory Realism in Noh: The Lyric Sequence in the Noh Text."


MST Projects

108-2410-H-468-025 "Gender, Sexuality and Representation in the Films of Kawashima Yuzo" 2019/08/01 ~ 2020/07/31
104-2410-H-009-023 "Critical Conditions: Theory and Practice in Japanese Cinema" 2015/08/01~2016/07/31


Other

Coedited Special Issues:
With Patrick Noonan, “Genre in Asian Cinema”. Concentric 46.1 (March 2020)
With Victor Fan, “The Scent of Boys” Nang 7 (November 2019).

Service:
Editorial Board, Wenshan Review. 2015-present
Editorial Board, Concentric. 2017-present
Editorial Board, Journal of North-east Asian History. 2012-2013
Co-Director, Trans-Asian Screen Cultures Institute. 2007-present
Director of The Film Studies Center, National Chiao Tung University. 2014/1/1~2016/12/31