Professors Emeriti

David Pollack

Professor Emeritus 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.

Selected Publications

Books and Monographs

  • Reading Against Culture: Ideology and Narrative in the Japanese Novel. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1992.
  • The Fracture of Meaning: Japan's Synthesis of China from the Eighth Through the Eighteenth Centuries. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1986.
  • Zen Poems of the Five Mountains. Decatur: Scholars Press, 1985. AAR Studies in Religion 37.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "The Broader View: The Rise of the Ukiyo-e Triptych." Andon: Journal of the Society for Japanese Arts 92 (2012): 30-40.
  • "The Cultural Environment of Edo Shunga." Impressions: The Journal of the Japanese Art Society of America 31 (2010): 72-87.
  • "Designed for Pleasure: Ukiyo-e as Material Culture." Designed for Pleasure: The World of Edo Japan in Prints and Paintings, 1680-1860. Ed. Julia Meech and Jane Oliver. New York: Asia Society and Japanese Art Society of America; Seattle: U of Washington P, 2008. 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. Ed. John T. Carpenter. Amsterdam: Hotei, 2005. 270-97.
  • "The Love Suicides at Shinagawa: A Sort of Love Story." Monumenta Nipponica 57.1 (2002): 73-89.
  • "Marketing Desire: Advertising and Sexuality in Edo Literature, Drama, and Art." Gender and Power in the Japanese Visual Field. Ed. Joshua S. Mostow, Norman Bryson, and Maribeth Graybill. Honolulu: U of Hawai'i P, 2003. 71-88.
  • "Arayuru mono e no hihyô: Mishima Yukio no Hôjô no umi" ["The Critique of Everything: Mishima Yukio's Sea of Fertility"]. Yukio Mishima: Thirty Years Later. Spec. issue of Eureka 30.14 (2000): 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. Ed. Michael Douglass and Glenda S. Roberts. New York: Routledge, 1999. 153-75.