Professors Emeriti

David Pollack

Retired Professor of Japanese
PhD, University of California, Berkeley


Prior to retirement, David Pollack spent his years in MLC researching and teaching across the spectrum of pre-modern and modern Japanese and Chinese literature and arts.

Research Overview

Selected Publications

Books and Monographs

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "The Broader View: The Rise of the Ukiyo-e Triptych." Andon: Journal of the Society for Japanese Arts, no. 92, 2012, pp. 30-40.
  • "The Cultural Environment of Edo Shunga." Impressions: The Journal of the Japanese Art Society of America, no. 31, 2010, pp. 72-87.
  • "Designed for Pleasure: Ukiyo-e as Material Culture." Designed for Pleasure: The World of Edo Japan in Prints and Paintings, 1680-1860, edited by Julia Meech and Jane Oliver, Asia Society and Japanese Art Society of America / U of Washington P, 2008, pp. 269-89.
  • "Manpuku wagôjin—The Gods of All Conjugal Happiness: An Illustrated Erotic Story by Katsushika Hokusai." Hokusai and His Age: Ukiyo-e Painting, Printmaking, and Book Illustration in Late Edo Japan, edited by John T. Carpenter, Hotei, 2005, pp. 270-97.
  • "The Love Suicides at Shinagawa: A Sort of Love Story." Monumenta Nipponica, vol. 57, no.1, Spring 2002, pp. 73-89.
  • "Marketing Desire: Advertising and Sexuality in Edo Literature, Drama, and Art." Gender and Power in the Japanese Visual Field, edited by Joshua S. Mostow, Norman Bryson, and Maribeth Graybill, U of Hawai'i P, 2003 pp. 71-88.
  • "Arayuru mono e no hihyô: Mishima Yukio no Hôjô no umi" ["The Critique of Everything: Mishima Yukio's Sea of Fertility"]. Eureka, vol. 30, no. 14, 2000, pp. 146-63.
  • "Aliens, Gangsters, and Myth in Kon Satoshi’s World Apartment Horror." Japan and Global Migration: Foreign Workers and the Advent of a Multicultural Society, edited by Michael Douglass and Glenda S. Roberts, Routledge, 1999, pp. 153-75.