Department: Asian Languages and Cultures
290 Royce Hall - Box 951540
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1540
Campus mailcode: 154003
Keywords: Asia, Japan, Japanese Literature
Torquil Duthie was brought up in the United Kingdom and in Spain. He has a B.A. from SOAS (University of London), an M.A. from Hokkaidō University, and a Ph.D from Columbia. Before coming to UCLA he was Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a specialist in premodern Japanese literature and culture, with particular emphasis on the Nara and Heian periods (seventh to twelfth centuries). Research topics include the representation of authority in ancient Japan in mythical, poetic, and historical texts; the relationship between ritual and text in writings of the Nara period; narrative theory and representations of "voice" and subjectivity in premodern Japanese literature; the relationship between poetry and prose narrative in the Nara and Heian periods; and seventeenth and eighteenth century kokugaku ("national learning") and its relationship to modern and contemporary philology and theory. His publications include Poesía Clásica Japonesa: Kokinwakashū. Madrid: Editorial Trotta, 2005 (a translation into Spanish of 100 poems from the Kokinshū with the kana preface and an introduction); translations and commentary for the Manyōshū sections of Traditional Japanese Literature, An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600, Columbia University Press, 2006; and "Ōmikōtoka ni okeru sakuchū shutai no nimensei," Jōdai bungaku no. 90 (Nov. 2003). At present he is working on a book manuscript on the role of poetic culture in the formation of the early Japanese state. He will be teaching Japanese Civilization, Introduction to Kanbun, and a variety of courses on premodern Japanese literature and culture.