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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: www.asianstudies.cornell.edu
Email: east_asian_lit@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-9099

350 Rockefeller Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

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

Nicholas Admussen

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

  • Campus: 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 Malaysia, Hong Kong, diasporic sinophone writing in Europe and the Americas

Anne M Blackburn

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: South Asian literature and culture; Southeast Asian literature and culture

Bronwen Bledsoe

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: South Asian literature and culture
  • Research Interests: Nepalese Buddhism; South Asian religious traditions in Nepal

Daniel Joseph Boucher

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions
  • Research Interests: East Asian religions; Buddhism

Thak Chaloemtiarana

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Southeast Asian literature and culture

Brett M de Bary

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions
  • Research Interests: Japanese literature; comparative literature

Pedro Erber

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions
  • Research Interests: modern Japanese novel; visual culture; Japanese avant garde art

Chiara Formichi

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Southeast Asian literature and culture
  • Research Interests: Film and Gender studies, with particular expertise on Thailand

Daniel Richard Gold

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

Edward Mansfield Gunn

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions
  • Research Interests: Chinese literature

Jane Marie Law

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions
  • Research Interests: Japanese religions

Lawrence J. McCrea

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: South Asian literature and culture
  • Research Interests: Sanskrit studies, South Asian religious and intellectual history.

Daniel J. McKee

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions
  • Research Interests: Japanese literature; art history

Robin McNeal

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions
  • Research Interests: ancient and modern Chinese history; Chinese literary sources

Naoki Sakai

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions
  • Research Interests: Japanese literature and intellectual history; comparative literature

Suyoung Son

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: East Asian literature and culture
  • Research Interests: cultural history of early modern china (1500-1900)

Keith Weller Taylor

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions
  • Research Interests: Vietnamese studies

Ding Xiang Warner

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions
  • Research Interests: Chinese literature; Medieval Chinese poetry; Chinese pedagogy

John Bradford Whitman

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture: Asian religions
  • Research Interests: Japanese linguistics

Andrew C Willford

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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