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In Memoriam

October 8, 2009
Official UCSD Notice

This past week-end we learned of the passing of our colleague and friend, Masao Miyoshi Ph.D., holder of the Hajime Mori Endowed Chair in Japanese Language and Literature, (UCSD Literature Department 1986-2004). Many of us knew Masao and we are deeply saddened by the loss of an important person in the history of the Department of Literature.

Masao graduated from the University of Tokyo, majoring in English, and earned advanced degrees at New York University. He was a very respected and prolific scholar, who authored The Divided Self: A Perspective on the Literature of the Victorians (1969), Accomplices of Silence: The Modern Japanese Novel (1975), As We Saw Them: The First Japanese Embassy to the United States (1860) (1979), Off Center : Power and Culture Relations Between Japan and the United States (1991), and The University in 'Globalization' : Culture, Economy, and Ecology (2003), as well as a great number of scholarly articles. He also edited and co-edited many other books of essays on globalization, post- modernism, and the future of area studies. A number of his books and articles have been translated in several languages.

Throughout his long and illustrious career, Masao received invitations to lecture around the world, and to contribute articles to many journals and edited volumes. As holder of the Hajime Mori Endowed Chair in Japanese Language and Literature, he lectured, presented papers and organized panels at major international conferences concerned with Japanese and East Asian cultural affairs. He was one of the most high profile members of our faculty, and he will be very much missed.

Please join us as we send our heartfelt condolences to Masao's family and friends.

Oumelbanine Zhiri
Chair, Literature Department 0410
Professor
University of California, San Diego,
9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla CA 92093

Selected Publications from Hajime Mori Professor Emeritus Masao Miyoshi

The Divided Self: A Perspective on the Literature of the Victorians. New York: New York UP and London UP, 1969.

Accomplices of Silence: The Modern Japanese Novel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1975.

As We Saw Them: The First Japanese Embassy to the United States (1860). Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979. Second edition, New York: Kodansha International, 1994.

Postmodernism and Japan (co-edited with H. D. Harootunian). Durham/London: Duke UP, 1989.

Off Center: Power and Culture Relations Between Japan and the United States. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1991.

A special Japan issue, Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing (editor). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1991.

Japan in the World (co-edited with H. D. Harootunian). Durham/London: Duke UP, 1993.

The Culture of Globalization (co-edited with Fredric Jameson). Durham/London: Duke UP, 1997.

Learning Places: The Afterlives of Area Studies (co-ed. with H.D. Harootunian). Duke UP, 2002.

Teiko no ba e [Sites of Resistance]: Interviews with Masao Miyoshi. (transcribed and translated into Japanese by Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto). Kyoto: Rakuhoku Shuppan, 2007.

this is not here: Selected Photographs by Masao Miyoshi. Los Angeles: Highmoonoon, 2009.

Trespasses [Selected Writings by Miyoshi]. (ed. Eric Cazdyn with preface by Fredric Jameson). Durham: Duke University Press, 2009, forthcoming.

"A Borderless World? From Colonialism to Transnationalism and the Decline of the Nation-State," Critical Inquiry, 19.4 (Summer 1993): 726-751.

"Sites of Resistance in the Global Economy," boundary 2, 22.1 (Spring 1995): 61-84.

"Radical Art at documenta X," New Left Review, 228 (March/April 1998): 151-161.

"'Globalization,' Culture and the University," Cultures of Globalization (co-edited with Fredric Jameson). Durham/London: Duke UP, 1998: 247-270.

"Japan Is Not Interesting," Re-Mapping Japanese Culture: Papers of the 10th Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia. Monash Asia Institute, 2000: 11-25.

"Ivory Tower in Escrow," boundary 2 (Spring 2000): 8-50.

"Turn to the Planet: Literature, Diversity, and Totality," Comparative Literature (Fall 2001).

EDITOR: Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society [Book Series], Duke UP.

EDITORIAL BOARDS: boundary 2, Duke UP; Manoa, University of Hawaii Press; Muae, Kaya Publications; Journal of Urban and Cultural Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Contention, History Department, UCLA; The International Journal of Virtual University, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK; Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Routledge, National Science Council (ROK), etc.