Location: Bowdoin / Vyjayanthi R Selinger

Asian Studies

Vyjayanthi Ratnam Selinger

Associate Professor of Asian Studies
Director of Asian Studies Program

Contact Information

vselinge@bowdoin.edu
207-798-4277
Asian Studies
ASIAN STUDIES
202 38 College Street



Fall 2014

  • Literature of World War II and the Atomic Bomb in Japan: History, Memory, and Empire (ASNS 2300)
  • Intermediate Japanese I (JPN 2203)
  • Intermediate Japanese I (JPN 2203)


Vyjayanthi Ratnam Selinger: Bowdoin College: Asian Studies

Education

  • Ph.D. Cornell, 2007
  • M.A. Harvard, 1998
  • B.A. Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1994

Research Interests

  • War and/in literature
  • Ritual and material culture studies
  • Buddhism and gender
  • Sexuality and subjectivity in literature
  • Language pedagogy and curriculum development

Teaching Areas

  • The Monstrous and the Fantastic in Japanese Literature
  • Literature of World War II and the Atomic Bomb: History, Memory, and Empire
  • Samurai in History, Fiction, and Film
  • Japanese Animation and Popular Culture
  • Modern Japanese Literature and Film

『平家物語』に見られる背景としての飢饉』―木曾狼藉と猫間殿供応・頼朝饗宴の場面を通して― 『文化現象としての源平盛衰記文芸・本文・言語・絵画・歴史』 (Forthcoming from Kasama Shoin)

Authorizing the Shogunate: Ritual and Material Symbolism in the Literary Construction of Warrior Order in Medieval Japan.  Leiden: Brill, 2013.

Authorizing the Shogunate: Ritual and Material Symbolism in the Literary Construction of Warrior Order in Medieval Japan. Leiden: Brill, 2013.     Reprinted, by invitation, in Nihon Bungaku kara no hihyôron (Criticism from Japanese Literature), Kasama Shoin, 2009.

“The Sword Trope and the Birth of the Shogunate: Historical Metaphors in Muromachi Japan,” Japanese Language and Literature 43 (2009)

Reprinted, by invitation, in Nihon Bungaku kara no hihyôron (Criticism from Japanese Literature), Kasama Shoin, 2009.


換喩から提喩へ:「剣の巻」における歴史の形象 (From Metonymy to Synechdoche: Tropes of History in the Tsurugi no maki) ," Kokubungaku 52, no. 15 (2007). 

Co-editor Nihon bungaku rubitsuki sôsho (Japanese Short Stories Library), a compilation of annotated literary texts for advanced learners of Japanese.  Under compilation by editor before submission to Cornell University East Asia Series.

“Event as metaphor: Two narratives of Yoritomo in the fourteenth century,” Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies , West Lafayette, IN: AJLS, 2005.


Translation and Commentary: Ogino Anna, “My Momma Drinks Tea” in More Stories by Japanese Women Writers: An Anthology, eds. Noriko Mizuta and Kyoko Selden, ( Armonk, N.Y: M.E. Sharpe, 2011)

Translation: Iwasaki Minoru, “On Memory and History—The Tokyo Exhibit of ‘Representing Japanese, Dutch, and Indonesians—Memories of the Japanese Occupation of Indonesia (Dutch East Indies)’ and its issues,” Nederlanders Japanners Indonesiërs Een opmerkelijke Tentoonstelling, Amsterdam : Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie, 2002. (Co-translated with Izumi Nakayama)

(From Metonymy to Synechdoche: Tropes of History in the Tsurugi no maki) ,    Translation and Commentary: Ogino Anna, “My Momma Drinks Tea” in More Stories by Japanese Women Writers: An Anthology, eds. Noriko Mizuta and Kyoko Selden, ( Armonk, N.Y: M.E. Sharpe, 2011)


 

"War 'ritualized, aestheticized and subjected to rules' : The disavowal of violence in the Heike monogatari," European Association of Japanese Studies, August 2014. 

 

“Authorizing the Shogunate: War, Violence, and Narrative in Medieval Japan.” Workshop on “New Directions in Medieval and Early Japan Studies,” University of Southern California, April 4, 2014.

Invited talk: “War, Violence, and Narrative in Medieval Japan.” University of California, Irvine, April 3, 2014.

“Blood, Death and Pollution in the Heike Monogatari.” Roundtable on “Revisiting the Female Body in Medieval Japan: Textual, Religious, Historical, and Scholarly Configurations of Corporality “ at Annual Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, Philadelphia, March 27-30, 2014.

Invited talk: 母として、巫女としての建礼門院の六道語り(Kenreimon’in’s rokudō gatari as mother and as medium) Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, July 2013.

“Envisioning Female Salvation: Dream Revelation, Virtual Travel, and Karmic Overcoming in the Heike Monogatari’s Kanjō no maki,” Annual Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, San Diego, March 2013.

Invited talk: “The Fables of Warrior Power in the Heike monogatari,” University of Massachusetts, Boston, November 2012.

Roundtable Presenter, “Traditions of Contestation in Pre-modern Japan.” State University of New York, New Paltz, September 28, 2012.

Invited talk: 馬が表象する「平家物語」(Horses and the domestication of warrior power of the Heike monogatari), Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, February 2012.

The Father-Lord-Son Plot in the Noh play Shichi-ki ochi: The littoral chronotope in Noh Drama” European Association of Japanese Studies, Tallinn, August 2011

Invited talk: “『剣巻』の方法:武威の創出に伴う辺境の読み替え、過去の置き換 え( Discursive construction in the Tsurugi no maki),” Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, June 2010.

Roundtable Presenter, "Medieval War Tales and their Reception," Asian Studies Conference in Japan, Tokyo, June 2010.

Panel Organizer and Presenter: “Parodies of Power: Comic play and hidden politics in narratives of Kiso no Yoshinaka,” Annual Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, Chicago, March 2009.

“Deciphering a meal: Culinary hospitality and warrior power in the Heike monogatari,” Tales of the Heike: Variation, Canonization, Translation and “Japan’s Epic (Conference at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), November 2009.

“食う義仲と食われる義仲:読み本系平家物語諸本における義仲の蜂起を形象する飲食 の比喩 (The alimentary domination of the ravenous Yoshinaka: The topos of food in the yomi-hon texts of the Heike monogatari) ” New Research into the Genpei jôsuiki, Kokugakuin University, October 2009. (Invited lecture)

“From Metonymy to Synecdoche: Tropes of history in the Tsurugi no maki,” Harvard-Yenching Institute Workshop, Harvard University, August 2007

“The Minamoto Clan as Sacred Sword: Myths of War-Making in the Muromachi Period,” Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs,” University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 2006

“History and Narrative,” Interdisciplinary Roundtable “Lost and Found in Translation,” Cornell University Society for the Humanities, Ithaca, November 2004.

“Shifting Ground: Bandô in the Narrative Topography of the Heike Corpus,” Panel: “A Sense of Place: Medieval visions of Kamakura,” Thirteen Annual Meeting of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, October 2004.

“Kenreimon’in and Performance in the Heike monogatari,” Panel: “Women, Religion, and Performance in Japan,” Asian Studies Conference Japan, Sophia University, Tokyo, June 2004.

“Salvation and the Figuration of Kenreimon’in in the Heike Corpus,” American Academy of Religion/Eastern International Meeting, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY,  April 2004.

Selected Academic Honors

  • Japan Foundation Research Fellowship, Spring-Summer 2010
  • Freeman Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship, Summer 2006
  • Japan Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Jun. 2002-Feb. 2003
  • Joseph Fletcher Memorial Award for Excellence in writing of the M.A thesis, Harvard University, June 1998
  • Japanese Government (Mombusho) Scholarship in Japanese Studies, Nagoya University, 1994-1995