MemberDavid J. Gundry

  My research focuses on literature produced in late medieval and early-modern Japan. In 2017 I published the first English-language, book-length monograph on the prose works of Ihara Saikaku (1642–1693), who is widely held to be the most important writer of fiction in early Tokugawa-period Japan. While pursuing my doctorate in Japanese at Stanford, I concurrently completed a Ph.D. minor in Comparative Literature, with extensive study of Classics and literature in French. My work in these areas continues to inform my approach to texts written in Japanese. As a member of MLA I seek dialogue with scholars of other literatures, and I am very interested in forming transnational panels with colleagues working on texts produced both in countries neighboring Japan and beyond East Asia.