On the serious side (well, maybe)

I realize that aside from my conference reflection more than a year ago and my piece of Mononoke-hime, I have done very little to give anyone a sense of my academic background. Certainly, I am a ‘historian-in-training’, an academic at heart, and a creative mess. However, that really doesn’t open the floor up for discussion, as it leave too much to the wind. What have I worked on and researched in the past? How have I engaged with cultural history on a level of serious academic contemplation? What topics draw my interest. Well, as a start to this new week, I thought I world provide a list of titles of papers I have completed. Some, which are sort, I have thought of posting to my blog at one point (as I did the Mononoke piece); others I have presented at conferences, or thought of submitting them for possible publication.

Below I have divided them by area (History, Religious Studies, English Literature, Theatre, and then Misc.), but they are in no chronological order. While I will likely not share the entirety of the work, I am more than willing to talk about the process of research and writing, and of course discussion centring around the topics themselves.

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History and Cultural Studies

  • The Postwar Apocalypse in Japan: The Unique Anxieties Reflected by Akira and Gojira
  • Shame and Destruction: How the Japanese Military Leaders Delayed Admitting the Truth of the Ianjo of World War II
  • The Survival of a Fragile World: The Geisha Through Modernization
  • The Importance of the Cultural Gift: Mishima and Japanese Modernization
  • Stonehenge: A multifunctional neolithic Megalith
  • The Sixties Sexual Revolution on Broadway: Androgyny and Female Sexuality in Hair and Cabaret
  • The Questionable Universality of Balibar’s The Nation Form
  • The Byzantine Empire During the Early 10th-11th Century: The Bulgarians and Internal Strife
  • The Fatalistic Pilgrimage in Japan: Aokigahara-jukai and the Translocation of Mount Fuji’s Sacred Identity
  • In the Midst of Horror: Japanese pre-modern Ghost stories and the Modern J-Horror- A Research Proposal
  • Medical Observations and Methods of Treatment in Hippocratian Greece
  • Xenophobia and the ‘Enemy Alien’: The Injustice of the Canadian Internment Camps of World War I
  • Jonathan Spence: The Voice of Modern Chinese History in the West
  • The Nation of the Family in Eat, Drink, Man, Woman by Ang Lee
  • Folktales and Superstition During the Late Heian and Kamakura Periods: Reflection of Moral and Cultural Behaviour
  • Prostitution in Roman Society: Female Prostitution as Social Support
  • The Stigma of Shell-shock and the Disabled Soldier: European Soldiers and the Perception of Psychological Disability

Religious Studies

  • Buddhism and the Modern Ghost in Eiji Otsuka’s Manga The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service
  • The Visuals of Religious Subjectivity in Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter . . . and Spring
  • The Dichotomy of Order and Chaos in Ugetsu and Double Suicide
  • Moro and the Shishigami in Miyazaki’s Temporal War Epic Mononoke-hime
  • Children, Nature, and Spiritual Play in Miyazaki’s Spirited Away
  • Elements of Buddhist Teaching and Though in Takahashi Rumiko’s Character Miroku
  • The Fictional Journeys of Rama and Monkey: A Mirror of the Internal Spiritual Journey
  • Myth, Folklore, and the Folk Tale: Their Relevance in the Practice of Shinto

Theatre Arts/Studies/Dramaturgy and Art History

  • The Inorganic Puppet: A Symbol of Life and Death
  • The Puppet in History and the Theories of Craig
  • The Sexual Politics Behind the Shrew: Marowitz’s The Shrew and Junger’s 10 Things I Hate About You
  • The Intermingling of Ritual and Carnival: The Castle of Perseverance and the Medieval Tournament
  • Zeus and Bacchus: The Gods in Statue

English Literature and Classical Studies

  • “I Am No Lady”: George R.R. Martin’s Brienne of Tarth as a Unique Female Warrior
  • The Mad Wives of  Bronte and Stetson
  • The Desired Influence: The Women of Epic and Their Social Significance
  • The Importance of Nestor in The Iliad
  • Mirror, Mirror: The Mirroring of Frankenstein and the Creature
  • Women and War: Sparta, Athens, and Rome
  • The Ghost Story as told by Gaskell and Wharton
  • Artistotle’s Doctrine of the Mean: The Understandable and Achievable Goal
  • The Rebirth and Adaptation of Greek Myth in Xena Warrior Princess
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