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Asian Literature, Religion and Culture

Field Description

The Field of Asian Literature, Religion and Culture offers students interested in pursuing advanced studies of the literature, culture, religion(s), and intellectual history of any given region in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.


Students are required to take, for credit, twelve to fourteen courses (six or seven during the first year) and complete an M.A. thesis by the end of the second year. Students who wrote an M.A. thesis (in English) in their major subject before matriculation at Cornell may request a waiver of the thesis requirement. Each student then chooses three areas of specialization (usually two in the major discipline and one in another literature, theoretical field, or a different discipline) and chooses one faculty member to represent each concentration. The student works with this faculty committee to define the three areas and prepare appropriate reading lists. By the end of the third year the student must pass written and oral examinations in each subject (these are called Admission to Candidacy Exams or A Exams). By the time of the A Exams, students must be fluent in their major language and have at least a reading knowledge of a second Asian language and one non-English European language. Doctoral students are encouraged to spend a year in Asia for advanced language training or dissertation research. Teacher training and one year of classroom teaching are part of the professional preparation.

Contact Information

Website: http://lrc.cornell.edu/asian/graduate/ALRC/ALRC
Email: east_asian_lit@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-9099

350 Rockefeller Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-2502

 

Concentrations by Subject

Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture

  • Asian religions
  • East Asian literature and culture
  • South Asian literature and culture
  • Southeast Asian literature and culture
  • theory and method (minor)

Faculty

Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: East Asian literature and culture; theory and method Research Interests: contemporary Chinese Literature, poetry and prose poetry
Andrea Bachner - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: East Asian literature and culture Research Interests: mainland china and it's regional and ethical differences; taiwan and indigenous taiwanese cultures; chinese malyasia, hong kong, diasporic sinophone writing in europe and the americas
Anne M Blackburn - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: South Asian literature and culture; Southeast Asian literature and culture
Bronwen Bledsoe - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: South Asian literature and culture Research Interests: Nepalese Buddhism; South Asian religious traditions in Nepal
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions Research Interests: East Asian religions; Buddhism
Thak Chaloemtiarana - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Southeast Asian literature and culture
Brett M de Bary - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions Research Interests: Japanese literature; comparative literature
Pedro Erber - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions Research Interests: modern Japanese novel; visual culture; Japanese avant garde art
Chiara Formichi - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions; South Asian literature and culture; Southeast Asian literature and culture Research Interests: history of Islam in Southeast Asia; contemporary expressions of Islam in Southeast Asia; religion and state; west asia-southeast asia connections
Arnika Fuhrmann - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Southeast Asian literature and culture Research Interests: Film and Gender studies, with particular expertise on Thailand
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: South Asian literature and culture Research Interests: south asian religions; north indian devotional traditions; modern indian religious movements; indian devotional verse; meditation traditions in south asia
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions Research Interests: Chinese literature
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: South Asian literature and culture Research Interests: myth and ritual studies; ethnology of the himalayas and south asia; sherpa buddhism
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions Research Interests: pre-modern and early modern Japanese literature; Japanese theatre
Jane Marie Law - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions Research Interests: Japanese religions
Kathryn S March - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: South Asian literature and culture Research Interests: sex and gender in cross-cultural perspective; ethnology of the himalayas; inner asia and south asia; anthropological approaches to the study of buddhism.
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: South Asian literature and culture Research Interests: Sanskrit studies, South Asian religious and intellectual history.
Daniel J. McKee - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions Research Interests: Japanese literature; art history
Robin McNeal - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions Research Interests: ancient and modern Chinese history; Chinese literary sources
Naoki Sakai - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions Research Interests: Japanese literature and intellectual history; comparative literature
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: East Asian literature and culture Research Interests: chinese religion and society; cultural and social anthropology; ideology and power related to gender; myth and religious symbols.
Suyoung Son - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: East Asian literature and culture Research Interests: cultural history of early modern china (1500-1900)
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions Research Interests: Vietnamese studies
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions Research Interests: Chinese literature; Medieval Chinese poetry; Chinese pedagogy
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions Research Interests: Japanese linguistics
Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: South Asian literature and culture Research Interests: sociocultural anthropology; ethnicity; nationalism; globalization; symbolism;religious revivalism; hinduism; islam; malaysia; india